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Author: Philip Kerr Narrator: John Lee Publisher: Penguin Audio Audio Length: Series:The Bernie Gunther Novels Release Date: April 2017 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9780399566479

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When his cover is blown, former Berlin bull and unwilling SS officer Bernie Gunther must re-enter a cat-and-mouse game that continues to shadow his life a decade after Germany’s defeat in World War II

The French Riviera, 1956. Bernie’s old and dangerous adversary Erich Mielke, deputy head of the East German Stasi, has turned up in Nice—and he’s not on holiday. Mielke is calling in a debt and wants Bernie to travel to London to poison a female agent they’ve both had dealings with. But Bernie isn’t keen on assassinating anyone. In an attempt to dodge his Stasi handler—former Kripo comrade Friedrich Korsch—Bernie bolts for the German border. Traveling by night and hiding by day, he has plenty of time to recall the last case he and Korsch worked together…

Obersalzberg, Germany, 1939. A low-level bureaucrat has been found dead at Hitler’s mountaintop retreat in Bavaria. Bernie and Korsch have one week to find the killer before the leader of the Third Reich arrives to celebrate his fiftieth birthday. Bernie knows it would mean disaster if Hitler discovers a shocking murder has been committed on the terrace of his own home. But Obersalzberg is also home to an elite Nazi community, meaning an even bigger disaster for Bernie if his investigation takes aim at one of the party’s higher-ups.

The years 1939 and 1956: two different eras about to converge in an explosion Bernie Gunther will never forget.

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Quotes

  • “Narrator John Lee is the personification of Gunther—full of sarcasm, street smarts, and dark wit…Lee takes listeners on Gunther’s tumultuous and treacherous journey…Lee switches from his own British accent to a German one effortlessly while passionately displaying the brutality of the Nazis. As Gunther interrogates Austrian suspects, Lee effectively captures the citizens’ fear of the Nazi war machine. Even though the story jumps from pre- to postwar events, Lee keeps listeners on track through pace and timing. Perfection! Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

    - AudioFile
  • “Bernie Gunther—sly, subversive, sardonic, and occasionally hilarious—is one of the greatest anti-heroes ever written, and as always he lights up this tough and unflinching novel. We’re in good hands here.”

    - Lee Child, #1 New York Times bestselling author
  • “In Prussian Blue, Philip Kerr once more shows himself one of the greatest master storytellers in English. The narrative is swift and adept and so well-grounded in the history and custom of the period that the reader is totally immersed.”

    - Alan Furst, New York Times bestselling author
  • “Brisk and agile…Gunther is one of crime fiction’s most gratifyingly melancholy creations, and in Prussian Blue we watch him match wits with the officialdom of two Germanys, pre- and postwar.”

    - Washington Post
  • “Kerr once again brilliantly uses a whodunit to bring to horrifying life the Nazi regime’s corruption and brutality.”

    - Publishers Weekly (starred review)
  • “In this skillfully plotted thriller, Kerr punctures the present with the painful past. Fans of the series won’t be disappointed.”

    - Library Journal

Awards

  • An Amazon Editor’s Top Pick for April 2017
  • New York Times bestseller
  • AudioFile Earphones Award Winner
  • Finalist for the 2018 Edgar Award for Best Novel

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About the Author

Philip Kerr (1956–2018) was the New York Times bestselling author of the acclaimed Bernie Gunther novels, three of which—Field Gray, The Lady from Zagreb, and Prussian Blue—were finalists for the Edgar Award for Best Novel. Kerr also won several Shamus Awards and the British Crime Writers’ Association Ellis Peters Award for Historical Crime Fiction. In 2009, If the Dead Rise Not won the world’s most lucrative crime fiction award, the RBA International Prize for Crime Writing worth €125,000. The book also won the 2009 British Crime Writers’ Association’s Ellis Peters Historic Crime Award. In 2018, he was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Writing as P. B. Kerr, he was the author of the much-loved young-adult fantasy series Children of the Lamp.

About the Narrator

John Lee is the winner of numerous Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration. His has twice won acclaim as AudioFile’s Best Voice in Fiction & Classics. He also narrates video games, does voice-over work, and writes plays. He is an accomplished stage actor and has written and coproduced the feature films Breathing Hard and Forfeit. He played Alydon in the 1963–64 Doctor Who serial The Daleks.