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Prague Fatale

Kerr, Philip

(Book - 2011)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Prague Fatale
Penguin Putnam

A Kirkus Reviews Top Ten Crime Novel for 2012

September 1941: Reinhard Heydrich is hosting a gathering to celebrate his appointment as Reichsprotector of Czechoslovakia. He has chosen his guests with care. All are high-ranking Party members and each is a suspect in a crime as yet to be committed: the murder of Heydrich himself.

Indeed, a murder does occur, but the victim is a young adjutant on Heydrich’s staff, found dead in his room, the door and windows bolted from the inside. Anticipating foul play, Heydrich had already ordered Bernie Gunther to Prague. After more than a decade in Berlin's Kripo, Bernie had jumped ship as the Nazis came to power, setting himself up as a private detective. But Heydrich, who managed to subsume Kripo into his own SS operations, has forced Bernie back to police work. Now, searching for the killer, Gunther must pick through the lives of some of the Reich’s most odious officials.

A perfect locked-room mystery. But because Philip Kerr is a master of the sleight of hand,Prague Fatale is also a tense political thriller: a complex tale of spies, partisan terrorists, vicious infighting, and a turncoat traitor situated in the upper reaches of the Third Reich.

Baker & Taylor
In 1941 Prague, private detective Bernie Gunther must sort through a roomful of murderous high-ranking Nazi Party members to discover who killed a young member of Reinhard Heydrich's staff.

& Taylor

In 1941 Prague, private detective Bernie Gunther must sort through a roomful of murderous high-ranking Nazi Party members to discover who killed a young member of Reinhard Heydrich's staff. By the author of Field Gray.

Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2011
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780399159022
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY K
Characteristics: 401 p. ; 24 cm.


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Jun 14, 2013
  • athena14 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Bernie's incessant sarcasm wearied me.

Nov 08, 2012
  • Bartie rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Very different than the other ones in the series. Weaving the usual Bernie Gunther stuff with an Agatha Christie style whodunit and the historical overtones. It is difficult to write a book set during WWII and keep the realism intact (not succumbing to black and white) but I think Kerr achieves it.

Bernie is the best. Treat yourself and start at the beginning with March Violets and work your way to this one. Which is masterful writing about a fascinating character.

Jul 26, 2012
  • bmetcalf64 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Another gripping Bernie Gunther story. Just finished reading Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, so all of the names have more of a context now. Can't wait to see what Kerr puts this fellow through next.


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