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The One from the Other: A Bernie Gunther Mystery (original 2006; edition 2007)
by Philip Kerr
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0143112295, Paperback)Philip Kerr 's Berlin Noir trilogy- featuring the tough, fast-talking detective Bernie Gunther-is a publishing phenomenon that continues to win new fans more than fifteen years after its initial publication. Kerr has brought Bernie back in this highly anticipated thriller that will delight fans of the original books and attract new attention to the backlist. It is 1949 and-after being forced to serve in the SS in the killing fields of Ukraine-Bernie has moved to Munich to reestablish himself as a private investigator. When the beautiful Frau Britta Warzok hires him for an apparently simple job, Bernie's suspicions flare, but the money is too good to turn down. Soon, Bernie is on the run, because in postwar Germany, it's hard to know friends from enemies, the one from the other.
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"Munich, 1949: Amid the chaos of defeat, it's a place of dirty deals, rampant greed, fleeing war crimianls, and all the backstabbing intrigue that prospers in the aftermath of war. It is also a place where a private eye can find a lot of not-quite-reputable work: cleaning up the Nazi past of well-to-do locals, abetting fugitives in their flight abroad, sorting out rival claims to stolen goods. It's work that fills Bernie with disgust but it also fills his sorely depleted wallet. Then a woman seeks him out. Her husband has disappeared. She's not looking to get him back - he's a wanted man who ran one of the most vicious concentration camps in Poland. She just wants confirmation that he's dead." "It's a simple enough job. But in postwar Germany, nothing is simple - nothing is what it appears to be. Taking the case, Bernie takes on far more than he'd bargained for, and he soon finds himself on the run, facing enemies on every side. Because in a defeated and divided Germany, it's hard to know friends from enemies, the one from the other."--BOOK JACKET.
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