Library JournalBritish author Kerr sets the action of his sixth Bernie Gunther series in two distinct epochs: prewar Berlin (1934) and Havana 20 years later. Forced off the Berlin police force because of his allegiance to the old Weimar Republic, Bernie is now the Adlon Hotel's house detective. As the Nazis consolidate power, the survival of the city's Jews grows more precarious. Bernie gets embroiled in a conflict between corrupt businessmen who aim to profit from the 1936 Olympiad and a beautiful American, Noreen Charalambides, who hopes to derail U.S. participation. By the time the dust settles, Bernie is locked in a stalemate with American mobster Max Reles. Soon, Bernie will have one more murder to solve if he hopes to survive and save those dear to him. This outstanding roman noir will delight readers of detective fiction and historical thrillers alike. [LJ 2/1/10]
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