Sunday, March 10, 2013

Lazy Sunday Service

This week coming sees the release of Philip Kerr's latest Bernie Gunther novel, A Man Without Breath, the ninth in what, so far, has been an exceptional set of novels.  The moment new tome arrives it'll go to the top of the pile.  If you're unfamiliar with the series, it's well worth checking out - historical crime fiction at it's best.  The new novel is set in 1943 in Poland, the first of the books to focus exclusively on the Berlin cop's exploits during the war (the others are mainly set either before or after).  The back cover blurb:

It is winter, 1943. Bernie Gunther has left the Criminal Police and is working for the German War Crimes Bureau based in Berlin.  Reports have been circulating of a mass grave hidden in a wood near Smolensk. The grave's whereabouts are uncertain until, deep in the Katyn Forest, a wolf digs up some human remains. Rumour has it that the grave is full of Polish officers murdered by the Russians - a war crime that is perfect propaganda for Germany.  But it needs a detective of subtle skill to investigate this horrific discovery.  Cue Bernie Gunther...

My posts this week

A story stretched too far
Review of A Death in Bordeaux by Allan Massie
The Twelfth Department
Review of White Dog by Peter Temple
Fallen behind

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