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Praise for A MAN WITHOUT BREATH
 
“Captivating . . . Kerr makes everything look easy, from blending history with a clever and intricate whodunit plot to powerful descriptions of cruelty.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
 
“Kerr’s sketch of Goebbels dazzles. The author pulls the reader down into the dark underground of Der Führer’s rabbit hole of totalitarian horror . . . [A Man Without Breath] masterfully explores morality's shadowy gray edge.”—Kirkus
 
“This ninth Bernie Gunther tale (after Prague Fatale) focuses on two months of 1943, mixing real-life characters with fictional ones. Kerr’s historical knowledge and writing skills merge these elements seamlessly in a gripping story of murder, but it is Bernie who holds it all together even as he questions the absurdity of attempting normalcy during war. Mystery, historical fiction, and military history buffs will join existing Bernie fans in welcoming this latest installment in the series.”—Library Journal
 
Praise for Philip Kerr:

"Just as youth is wasted in the young, history is wasted on historians.  It ought to be the exclusive property of novelists--but only if they are as clever and knowledgeable as Philip Kerr."—Chicago Tribune

"A wily and unreliable narrator, Bernie may be forgiven for holding his cards so close to his chest as he tries to do the right thing in so many wrong places.  Shades of the moral ambiguity of some of Graham Greene's and John le Carre's more memorable characters are here, as is the spirit of Raymond Chandler's knight-errant, Philip Marlowe."—Los Angeles Times
 
“The allure of these novels is that Bernie is such an interesting creation, a Chandleresque knight errant caught in insane historical surroundings.”—John Powers, Fresh Air, NPR
 
“German private detective Bernie Gunther would have been respected by Philip Marlowe and the two of them would have enjoyed sitting down at a bar and talking.”—Jonathan Ames, Salon.com

“In terms of narrative, plot, pace and characterization, he’s in a league with John le Carré.”—Patrick Anderson, The Washington Post

“Evokes the noir sensibilities of Raymond Chandler and Ross Macdonald while breaking new ground.”—Los Angeles Times
 
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review by . April 01, 2013
In this latest Bernie Gunther book, our hero is employed by a German committee investigating war crimes, and in this capacity he is sent to Smolensk in the German-occupied Russian territory to look into the reported deaths of thousands of Polish officers, killed in the Katyn forest by the NKVD. Smolensk is not a nice place to be, with a frigid Russian winter still hanging around, and frozen ground preventing exhuming any remains from the solid earth.      As usual, Bernie is …
review by . April 01, 2013
In this latest Bernie Gunther book, our hero is employed by a German committee investigating war crimes, and in this capacity he is sent to Smolensk in the German-occupied Russian territory to look into the reported deaths of thousands of Polish officers, killed in the Katyn forest by the NKVD. Smolensk is not a nice place to be, with a frigid Russian winter still hanging around, and frozen ground preventing exhuming any remains from the solid earth.      As usual, Bernie is …
review by . April 01, 2013
In this latest Bernie Gunther book, our hero is employed by a German committee investigating war crimes, and in this capacity he is sent to Smolensk in the German-occupied Russian territory to look into the reported deaths of thousands of Polish officers, killed in the Katyn forest by the NKVD. Smolensk is not a nice place to be, with a frigid Russian winter still hanging around, and frozen ground preventing exhuming any remains from the solid earth.      As usual, Bernie is …
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