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Book review: 'Field Gray' by Philip Kerr
Book review: 'Field Gray' by Philip Kerr

One of the many things to admire about Philip Kerr's long-running Bernie Gunther series is the way the novels seamlessly blend the complex antihero's personal history with that of Germany before, during and after World War II. From the first novel, "March Violets," which finds Bernie as a private investigator in 1936, to last year's "If the Dead Rise Not," in which he's living in 1954 Cuba and working for gangster Meyer Lansky, the series has always given compelling point-in-time glimpses of Bernie's motley career. Bernie has been a detective in Kripo (Berlin's criminal police force), a house dick at the famous Hotel Adlon, an officer in the...

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