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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.