This rambling mystery moves from Berlin to Prague as Bernie Gunther, recently on the Eastern Front with the German army, resumes his work as detective. While investigating the death of a Dutch railway worker he becomes involved with a local girl he assumes to be a prostitute. When he is ordered by the Nazis to go to Prague, she accompanies him and stays in a hotel while he goes to the “country house” for orders. The day after his arrival an adjutant to the general is found dead in his bed and Gunther is assigned the job of finding the murderer. This book would appeal to die-hard World War II readers but the story itself is hard to believe and not at all compelling.
Nov 26, 2012