Synopses & Reviews
Germany, 1949: Amid the chaos of defeat, it's a place of dirty deals, rampant greed, fleeing Nazis, and all the intrigue and deceit readers have come to expect from this immensely talented thriller writer. In The One from the Other, Hitler's legacy lives on. For Bernie Gunther, Berlin has become too dangerous, and he now works as a private detective in Munich. Business is slow and his funds are dwindling when a woman hires him to investigate her husband's disappearance. No, she doesn't want him back he's a war criminal. She merely wants confirmation that he is dead. It's a simple job, but in postwar Germany, nothing is simple nothing is what it appears to be. Accepting the case, Bernie takes on far more than he'd bargained for, and before long, he is on the run, facing enemies from every side.
"Set in 1949, Kerr's excellent fourth novel to feature Bernhard Gunther (after 1991's German Requiem) finds the erstwhile PI managing a failing hotel about a mile from the site of the Dachau concentration camp. After the death of his wife, Kirsten, in a mental hospital, he calls it quits and opens a private detective agency. A series of missing-Nazi cases sets Bernie on a course that becomes increasingly complicated until he's beaten to a near pulp, had his little finger chopped off and is sent to a mysterious private estate to recover. There he's drawn into a nightmare involving the American occupation and the CIA, and soon his life hangs in the balance. Kerr's stylish noir writing makes every page a joy to read ('The little mouth tightened into a smile that was all lips and no teeth, like a newly stitched scar'). Perfectly plotted, the book builds to a satisfying conclusion. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Grim and gripping, with all the author's customary sure-handedness in evidence." Kirkus Reviews
"Kerr is in command of nearly everything here noirish turns of phrase...pacing, atmosphere, story and historical facts and events. It is neat to witness Bernie wisecracking a la Philip Marlowe within the constraints of the Nazi state." Denver Post
"[T]he knockabout action should please most fans of classic hard-boiled mystery and historical espionage." Booklist
"Although Kerr sometimes overdoes his descriptions of characters...his dazzling touch will sweep readers away." Library Journal
Bernie Gunther, Kerr's best-loved protagonist, takes center stage in this fast-paced, twist-filled thriller that turns his acclaimed German trilogy into a surprise-laden quartet.
About the Author
Philip Kerr is the author of such thrillers as The Second Angel and A Philosophical Investigation, and the New York Times bestselling young adult novel The Children of the Lamp. Hailed by Salman Rushdie in the Independent as "a brilliantly innovative thrillerwriter," he lives in London.