Munich in 1949 is a place where a private eye can find a lot of not-quite-reputable work: cleaning up the Nazi past of well-to-do locals, abetting fugitives in the flight abroad, sorting out rival claims to stolen goods. It's work that fills Bernie Gunther with disgust - but it also fills his sorely depleted wallet.
Then a woman seeks him out. Her husband has disappeared. She's not looking to get him back - he's a wanted man who ran one of the most vicious concentration camps in Poland. She just wants confirmation that he's dead. It's a simple enough job. But in post-war Germany, nothing is simple, and Bernie soon finds himself on the run, facing enemies on every side.
"A brilliant transfer of a Chandler novel to postwar Germany." (
"A superb crime novel...one of the most gripping and accomplished detective novels published so far this year." ( Sunday Times)
"One of the great achievements of contemporary crime fiction....pure Chandler. Powerful and impressive." ( Observer)
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An excellent book
Post war shadowy nightmare.
- Mr Rupert Seymour