Narrator John Lee and author Philip Kerr's German cop, Bernie Gunther, have been together for a while now, but familiarity hasn't dimmed their affinity for each other. In Lee's well-pitched narration of the eleventh book in the series, Gunther is as wry, jaded, and curiously hopeful as ever. We find him in 1956, lying low as a hotel clerk on the Riviera. Recruited to play bridge with Somerset Maugham, he finds himself helping the author outwit a blackmailer whom Gunther himself knows from the bad old days in Nazi Germany. Lee's telling interpretations of oily ex-Nazis, local rich folk, the elderly Maugham and his un-closeted gay set, and Gunther's love interests help color Kerr's undecorated writing and add to the book's undisputed pleasures. A.C.S. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine [Published: APRIL 2016]
Trade Ed. Penguin Audio 2016
DD ISBN 9780399566431 $22.50
Library Ed. Books on Tape 2016
CD ISBN 9780399566448 $50.00 Nine CDs
DD ISBN 9780399566455 $95.00
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