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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: A Marian Wood Book/Putnam; 1 edition (April 17 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399159029
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399159022
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 16.5 x 25.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 612 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #96,459 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Toni Osborne TOP 100 REVIEWER on Aug. 11 2012
Format: Hardcover
8th book in the Bernie Gunther series

“Prague Fatale” is as absorbing as its other companions in the series. The previous novels covered a varied time period right up to the 1950’s and were staged in many countries including South America, Cuba and the US. This time we start off in 1941 deep into WW11 action with Bernie now under the command of Reinhard Heydrich, Reichsprotector of Bohemia.

After leaving the horrors of the Eastern Front the smart-mouthed, cynical and stubborn Bernie Gunther returns to Berlin to regain his old position at Kripo. The RAF is targeting his beloved city nightly: the blackouts, the destruction and food rationing are playing havoc with day to day life. Bernie’s first case is to investigate the suspicious violent death of a Dutch railway worker. There is always an intriguing sub-plot Bernie is a master at multitasking hence he also finds himself in the middle of a rape attempt. Wouldn’t you know it! The victim Arianne is a real beauty and she soon has Bernie under her spell. She turns out to be more trouble than our protagonist suspects…..

When Reinhard Heydrich orders him to spend the weekend at his country house with senor SS and SD figures Bernie puts everything on hold and goes with Arianne to Prague. Things get hectic when one of Heydrich’s aides-de-camp is found murdered in his locked room. Bernie is ordered to investigate and his no nonsense, no bull style quickly raises the ire of the Nazi brass. Trouble should have been Bernie’s middle name. Most of the action takes place at Heydrich’s estate, in Arianne’s hotel room and in the terrifying police HQ in Prague.

"Prague Fatale” is a fast paced tale with an endlessly explosive atmosphere, an excellent and captivating novel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Swystun TOP 50 REVIEWER on July 21 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is the eighth Bernie Gunther novel and with it the author regains his footing. A couple of the recent entries set after WW2 in Argentina and Cuba were not as compelling. But in this outing we are treated to the original stubborn but effective detective. Perhaps because it takes place in 1941 at the height of Nazi conquest and inter-organization intrigue that this novel works. Indeed there was a Alan Furst-like quality to the plot as it deals with Reinhard Heydrich, Czech terrorists, a German traitor, a femme fatale, and a locked door murder mystery.

Heydrich is written about in such diabolical form that it near lionizes his intellect. And a new character, Kahlo, plays Watson to Bernie's Holmes helped to liven up the pace and dialogue as they went about dissecting the crime scene and assemblage of SS, SD, and Nazi suspects. Kerr appropriately addresses the irony of a murder investigation at the time when Nazi Einsatzgruppen death squads are roaming behind the advancing Wehrmacht executing Jews, partisans, and cut-off Soviet forces. Bernie's mordant Berliner humour, contested morals and hardheadedness help him survive in a very dangerous time and make for an entertaining read.
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By banjobilly on Dec 31 2013
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My kind of detective. I enjoy Phillip Kerr's style of writing - mystery wrapped in history. Well worth the read.
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By Ian Gordon Malcomson HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Oct. 21 2012
Format: Hardcover
The most attractive feature of any Philip Kerr novel, especially the Bernie Gunther series, is its ability to create a sense of clear and present danger that accompanies a mystery that begs to be solved. All those who are anywhere near the action in his novels should rightfully fear for his or her life. Anyone who is bold enough to shrug off that fear and face the challenge of getting at the truth, regardless of its inconvenience, will be rewarded with knowing that evil is conquerable and that justice can prevail even if it is beset by human failure. The setting for this particular gem is wartime Berlin and Prague and the main players are a pack of wolfish SS types who are bent on destroying both the Czech culture and the Jewish people. Offsetting this gallery of rogues is an equally determined and vicious Czech underground prepared to do anything to defeat the evil purposes of their Nazi foes. The hostility between these two camps is very strongly felt in this strange tale of Kafkaesque intrigue and horror involving a string of murders that follows a trail directly to SS headquartes in Prague. In the midst of this war zone are two figures contending for what is left of the moral high ground: a prominent German SS general, named Heydrich who, as protector of Bohemia, wants to find out who killed one of his trusted adjutants, and a very professionally dedicated gumshoe named Gunther who has been called in to lead the investigation. As Gunther's investigation unfolds, involving various interconnected incidents, the reader discovers another story emerging.Read more ›
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jiri Tucker on April 3 2013
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This novel captures both depressed war time Berlin and Prague from the perspective of a reluctant German police detective. Kerr's sense of Geography and background sense of history in Berlin is meticulous, though I do wish the same could be said of Prague. The characters are quite compelling and the language of the 'noir' style is matched by the addictive drinking. Were Gestapo called teasingly 'footballs' because they were the only well fed Germans squeezed into pig skin leather clothes? I wonder.
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