Sunday, July 12, 2015
THE LADY FROM ZAGREB - Philip Kerr
This is number ten in the 'Bernie Gunther' series. This time Bernie is sent on a mission by Goebbels to locate the father of a Yugoslavian film star . The father needs to be located because the 'star' won't work unless dear old dad is located.
From this premise we have a couple of murders which Bernie gets involved in, meet a particularly nasty Croatian killer and go along on another of Bernie's love affairs.
If you've never come across this series, the back story is Bernie is a ex-Berlin detective serving in the SD. He is continually roped in to assist the Nazi hierarchy solve problems. He does the work to stay alive and generally gets a result which keeps his masters happy and allows him to live with his conscience.
I've read the series from the get go and apart from one real dud these stories are consistently entertaining with decent general history thrown in. I always remind myself when I finish one of these books that the world must never be allowed to forget the Nazi's- the fact that gangsters took over an entire country is staggering.
The good news is I've had the pleasure of briefly meeting Mr Kerr and was told that the series is to continue, which is brilliant.