A Man Without Breath : Bernie Gunther Mystery 9 Paperback
by Philip Kerr
Berlin, March 1943. The mood in Germany is bleak after their stunning defeat at Stalingrad.
Private Investigator Bernie Gunther is at work in the German War Crimes Bureau - weary, cynical but well aware of the value of truth in a world where that's now a rarity.
When human remains are found deep in the Katyn Forest, Bernie is sent to investigate.
Rumour has it that this mass grave is full of Polish officers murdered by the Russians.
For Josef Goebbels, proof of Russian involvement is sure to destroy the Western Alliance, giving Germany a chance to reverse its devastating losses.
But supposing the truth is far more damaging to the German cause?
It's Bernie Gunther's job to give Goebbels what he needs.
But when there's nothing left for Gunther to lose, the compulsion to speak the truth becomes ever stronger...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 528 pages
- Publisher: Quercus Publishing
- Publication Date: 10/10/2013
- Category: Crime & mystery
- ISBN: 9781780876276
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Review by BrianHostad
After the return to form in Prague Fatale, this was slightly dissapointing. Bernie Gunther's involvement in the Katyn Wood investigation has been referred to in many of the previous books so it was clear that we would get a story out of it at some time. In the end though it feels like Kerr has had to come up with a storyline which is set at the this time and place. To make it more interesting in involves the plotters against Hitler but it all feels a bit contrived. The ending is even worse and feels like he'd lost interest in the plot himself and just comes up with a very silly made for TV ending.Against that it's still well written and fast paced and will no doubt please most fans of the series.