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‘Prague Fatale’ by Philip Kerr

Philip Kerr excels at navigating the dark corners of crime thrillers without providing much guiding light to his hero, Berlin detective Bernie Gunther. The challenge for Gunther couldn’t be more extreme: Nazi Germany, where he tries to dispense a rough justice amid so much officially sanctioned crime.

Gunther has no illusions about trying to save the world from Nazism; he’s too busy trying to save himself, since so many of the party elite admire his skills as a sleuth — an old-fashioned street bull with a thug’s touch and closer’s instinct — that they often summon him to their viper’s nest for the odd job.

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