The boat was the SS Giovanni, which seemed only appropriete given the fact that at least three of its passengers, including myself, had been in the SS.
All men come to resemble their fathers. That isn't a tragedy, but you need a hell of a sense of humour to handle it.
'All Germans carry an image o Adolf Hitler inside them,' I said. "Even the ones like me who hated Hitler and every thing he stood for. That face, with its tousled hair and postage- stamp moustache haunts us all now and for evermore and, like a quite flame that can never be extinguished, burns itself into our souls. The Nazis, used to talk of athousand - year empire. But sometimes I think that because of what we did, the name of Germany and the Germans will live in infamy for a thousand yars. That it will take the rest of the world a thousand years to forget. Certainly, if I live to be a thousand years old I'll never forget some of the things I saw. And some of the things I did.
British novelist Kerr's fifth Bernie Gunther thriller finds the German private detective in 1950 Argentina, where he has fled with other "Old Comrades" after his identity was compromised (see "The One from the Other"). Bernie's past as a police officer involuntarily absorbed into the SS continues to dog his heels. Recognized by Colonel Montalban of Juan Peron's secret police, he is forced into investigating an apparent lust murder and the disappearance of a wealthy young girl. The first case has eerie similarities to an unsolved homicide that Bernie investigated in Berlin in 1932; the second ties in with an attempt to seize Nazi plunder hidden in Swiss banks. But the situation becomes complicated as the detective risks his life to track down and interrogate several ex-Nazis involved in nefarious deeds. -- Library Journal.… (more)