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Prague Fatale

September 1941: Reinhard Heydrich is hosting a gathering to celebrate his appointment as Reichsprotector of Czechoslovakia. He has chosen his guests with care. All are high-ranking Party members and each is a suspect in a crime as yet to be committed: the murder of Heydrich himself.

Indeed, a murder does occur, but the victim is a young adjutant on Heydrich’s staff, found dead in his room, the door and windows bolted from the inside. Anticipating foul play, Heydrich had already ordered Bernie Gunther to Prague. After more than a decade in Berlin's Kripo, Bernie had jumped ship as the Nazis came to power, setting himself up as a private detective. But Heydrich, who managed to subsume Kripo into his own SS operations, has forced Bernie back to police work. Now, searching for the killer, Gunther must pick through the lives of some of the Reich’s most odious officials.

A perfect locked-room mystery. But because Philip Kerr is a master of the sleight of hand, Prague Fatale is also a tense political thriller: a complex tale of spies, partisan terrorists, vicious infighting, and a turncoat traitor situated in the upper reaches of the Third Reich.

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Kerr elevates Prague Fatale from a standard police procedural (albeit one with a unique historical setting) to a thriller with greater scope and more complex ramifications....Above all, this latest addition is clever and compelling, proving once again that the Bernie Gunther books are, by a long chalk, the best crime series around today.
The Daily Beast
As is the custom in such locked-room whodunits, everyone is a suspect; but because they're members of the SS. Bernie faces more perils than Hercule Poirot might have encountered. After an initially playful approach, Kerr steers his country house mystery into the darker territory of a political thriller - the kind of locked room from which there really is no way out.
Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review
Rather than a cup of tea, reach for a stiff single malt as Kerr's haunting and disturbing images evoke the darkest moments of Nazi terror in this trenchant, melancholy thriller, the eighth in the Bernie Gunther series.
Kansas City Star
"[Kerr] is absolute master of the genre; no one writing in English bests him, not David Downing or Jonathan Rabb, not even Alan Furst...Lovers of literature should learn to love Bernie"
Louisville Courier-Journal
One of the finest entries yet in Kerr's series of Bernie Gunther historical thrillers
Kirkus Reviews
Stellar. . . Kerr effectively works dark humor into Gunther's weary narration, and the ending packs the wicked bite his readers have come to anticipate.
Publishers Weekly
Kerr has written close to a dozen novels featuring Gunther and has yet to write a bad one. His latest is a grim, gripping, and almost overwhelmingly dark and brooding tale of life in the decaying Reich as Nazi Germany lurches toward its ultimate destruction. Although part of a series, Prague Fatale stands alone quite well.
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