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A Man Without Breath (Bernie Gunther) [Hardcover]

Philip Kerr
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"The good detective trying to do his best within a corrupt regime... few writers have tackled the theme with the rigour of Philip Kerr"--Independent

"The real pleasure in these books is in Kerr's total mastery of the world he's created"--Sport

From the Inside Flap

It is winter, 1943. Bernie Gunther has left he Criminal Police and is working for the German War Crimes Bureau based in Berlin. Following their disastrous defeat at Stalingrad, the mood at home is bleak. Shortages are acute. The war in North Africa is going badly and morale is rock bottom. Reports have been circulating of a mass grave hidden in a wood near Smolensk in German-occupied Russia. The grave's whereabouts are uncertain until, deep in the Katyn Forest, a wolf digs up some human remains. Rumour has it that the grave is full of Polish officers murdered by the Russians - a war crime that is perfect propaganda for Germany. But supposing the bodies are those of many thousand Jews killed by the SS? There's a right and a wrong mass grave and it needs a detective of subtle skill to find out which it is. Cue Bernie Gunther... A Man Without Breath pitches Bernie into the most politically sensitive case of his career. It is a dazzling historical thriller set in the darkest days of the war.

From the Back Cover

Berlin, March 1943.
The mood in Germany is bleak after the stunning defeat at Stalingrad. Private Investigator Bernie Gunther is at work in the German War Crimes Bureau - weary, cynical but well aware of the value of truth in a world where that's now a rarity. When human remains are found deep in the Katyn Forest, Bernie is sent to investigate. Rumour has it that this mass grave is full of Polish officers murdered by the Russians. For Josef Goebbels, proof of Russian involvement is sure to destroy the Western Alliance, giving Germany a chance to reverse its devastating losses. But supposing the truth is far more damaging to the German cause? It's Bernie Gunther's job to give Goebbels what he needs. But when there's nothing left for Gunther to lose, the compulsion to speak the truth becomes ever stronger...

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Philip Kerr is the author of eight other acclaimed Bernie Gunther novels. If the Dead Rise Not won the 2009 CWA Ellis Peters Award for Best Historical Crime Novel. Philip Kerr was born in Edinburgh and now lives in London.

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