Bernie Gunther is the ideal narrator for Philip Kerr's bleak tale
of the dirty deals made by victors and vanquished alike in post-war
Germany. Having learned that there's no way to distinguish 'the one
from the other', the cynical P.I. has the moral clarity to see
through the deceit and hypocrisy of both friend and foe. Munich,
1949: Amid the chaos of defeat, it's home to all the backstabbing
intrigue that prospers in the aftermath of war. 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 the
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 post-war Germany, nothing is simple...