Berlin Noir by Philip Kerr

By Philip Kerr

Ex-policeman Bernie Gunther proposal he'd obvious every little thing at the streets of Thirties Berlin. yet then he went freelance, and every case he tackled sucked him additional into the grisly excesses of Nazi tradition. or even after the battle, amidst the decayed, imperial splendour of Vienna, Bernie exposed a legacy that made the wartime atrocities glance lily-white in comparison...

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Killed a young girl in Sefton Park, supposedly. ’ ‘Good grief - oh, bugger it! ’ Jock was agog. Murder did this to people, Harry had discovered. It was the ultimate taboo: nothing could touch it for thrills. ’ Jock fiddled with his computer. ’ Storing Crusoe and Devlin’s records here had been Jim’s idea. Until six months ago the firm’s dead files had been kept beneath the office in the basement of New Commodities House. Harry had preferred it that way; if he needed to refer to old papers, he liked to think they were close at hand.

Perhaps he was not such a fool as he seemed. Even so, could Miller be right? Was it possible that if only - that phrase again! - Edwin Smith had chosen to be competently represented, he might not merely be alive today, but walking the city streets a free man? As he made his way towards the bathroom, Harry reminded himself of the stern New Year’s resolution he had made a couple of weeks before: no more ‘if onlys’. The trouble was that he had a restless mind; he could never resist the temptation to speculate.

The early exchanges were low-key, little more than a series of pleasantries. Vaulkhard lingered over the sergeant’s past record, and the commendations he’d received for shrewd detective work. The sergeant, a heavily built man in his forties, was on the alert for traps and for some time his responses were cautious and monosyllabic. But gradually he began to unbend and by the time Vaulkhard moved on to his part in the Walter case, he was in the mood to defend his actions with vigour. ’ ‘As a matter of fact, I was.

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