Corruption

Prussian Blue is the first novel I have read by Philip Kerr. It is a 2018 Edgar Award nominee. After reading it, I understand why!

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!

About dianeledet

Professional Writing Consultant, Graduate of DePaul University School for New Learning 2008
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5 Responses to Corruption

  1. Martie says:

    Nice review. It sounds similar to historical fiction which is my favorite genre.

  2. alison41 says:

    I read one of his thrillers in my Book Club – can’t remember title; tried another, and decided one was enough for me. There’s a flood of WWII spy/thrillers around recently. Not really my favourite genre.

    • dianeledet says:

      I was surprised by how much I liked this novel. I think the WWII connection has a lot to do with it. Can’t say I’ll try another because I have lots of books on my list! Trying new genres this year! I appreciate your feedback!

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