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ABOUT PRUSSIAN BLUE
The French Riviera, 1956: The invitation to dinner was not unexpected though neither was it welcome. Erich Mielke, deputy head of the East German Stasi, has turned up in Cap Ferrat, and he’s not on holiday. An old and dangerous adversary, Mielke is calling in a debt. He intends that Bernie go to London with a vial of Thallium and poison a female agent they both have had dealings with.
But chance intervenes in the form of Friedrich Korsch, an old Kripo comrade now working for Stasi and probably there to make sure Bernie gets the job done. Bernie bolts for the German border. Traveling by night, holed up during the day, Bernie has plenty of down time to recall the last time Korsch and he worked together.
It was the summer of 1939: At Hitler’s mountaintop retreat in Obersalzberg, the body of a low-level civil engineer has been found murdered. Bernie and Korsch are selected to run the case. They have one week to solve the murder—Hitler is due back then to celebrate his 50th birthday. Lucky Bernie: It’s his reward for being Kripo’s best homicide detective. He knows what a box he’s in: Millions have been spent to secure Obersalzberg. It would be a disaster if Hitler were to discover a shocking murder had been committed on the terrace of his own home. But the mountaintop is also home to an elite Nazi community. It would be an even bigger disaster for Bernie if one of them was the murderer.
1939 and 1956: two different eras, seventeen years apart. And yet, not really apart as the stunning climax will show when the two converge explosively.
ABOUT PHILIP KERR
Philip Kerr is the author of eleven previous Gunther novels. In order of publication, Field Gray, Prague Fatale, A Man Without Breath, The Lady from Zagreb, and The Other Side of Silence were all New York Times bestsellers and Field Gray and The Lady from Zagreb were finalists for the Edgar. Kerr has also won several Shamus awards and the British Crime Writers’ Association Ellis Peters Award for Historical Crime Fiction. As P.B. Kerr, he is the author of the much-loved young adult fantasy series Children of the Lamp.
ABOUT MARK PRYOR
Mark Pryor is the author of the Hugo Marston novels The Bookseller, The Crypt Thief, The Blood Promise, The Button Man, and The Reluctant Matador, and the stand-alone Hollow Man. He has also published the true-crime book As She Lay Sleeping. A native of Hertfordshire, England, he is an assistant district attorney in Austin, Texas, where he lives with his wife and three children.
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