It's 1956 and Bernie Gunther is on the run. Ordered by Erich Mielke, deputy head of the East German Stasi, to murder Bernie's former lover by thallium poisoning, he finds his conscience is stronger than his desire not to be murdered in turn.
Now he must stay one step ahead of Mielke's retribution. The man Mielke has sent to hunt him is an ex-Kripo colleague, and as Bernie pushes towards Germany he recalls their last case together, finding that there is some unfinished business awaiting him in Germany....
"A brilliantly twisting tale of espionage and betrayal." (Sunday Times)
"Kerr's novels are modern classics." (Simon Sebag Montefiore)
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Either back on form - or better than ever
Another outstanding piece of work from Philip KERR