Based in Germany, Austria, and the French Riviera, this story of intrigue covers two eras in the main character, Bernie Gunther’s life. One takes place in 1939 prior to Hitler’s fiftieth birthday and the other plot line is in 1956. Both storylines share common characters.
Bernie is about to become unemployed when he is tricked into a meeting with Erich, a man he dislikes from his past who makes him an offer he “can’t refuse”. Bernie’s perilous attempt to escape from Erich and his thugs brings back unpleasant memories of the past when Bernie was hired to solve a murder which took place in 1939 in Hitler’s private retreat in Berchtesgaden right before Hitler is scheduled to arrive to celebrate his birthday.
There is a lot going on in this novel which hops back and forth in time. It was easy for me to follow however. I thought the stories were exciting and, from a historical perspective, informative.
I like Kerr’s style of writing and recommend this exciting mystery!