Wednesday 21 March 2018

Review: Field Grey by Philip Kerr

Quercus, €21.99, Hardback

Subtitled 'a Bernie Gunther thriller', this is the seventh in Philip Kerr's series about the smart aleck, wisecracking former German policeman turned private detective.

It's 1954 and Bernie is in Cuba spying on Meyer Lanski and the mob's Havana gambling enterprises when he is arrested by the American Navy, flown to New York and repatriated to Berlin.

Framed for murder, Bernie is offered a proposition. Work for the French, anxious to expose a French war criminal, or hang.

This is great stuff, and let's hope that Bernie, who is now 58, has a few more years in him.

Irish Independent

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