British author Philip Kerr introduced his series character, World War II-era Berlin private eye Bernie Gunther, in March Violets. He wrote two sequels over the next couple of years (The Pale Criminal and A German Requiem), but then abruptly discontinued the series, instead producing a succession of standalone thrillers. His most recent novel, Field Gray, is out this month. Credit: Lindsey Parnaby
Castro and JFK are targets of dueling conspiracies in this downbeat tale, a thriller suggesting that the no-good have already
inherited the earth.
It's 1960, and John F. Kennedy has just won his narrow victory over Richard Nixon in an election rigged, it seems, by
mobster Sam Giancana. Read full book review >
An electrifying discovery in the high Himalayas sends a group of scientists—complete with the requisite bad apple— scurrying for traces of the missing link between ape and man. Nonpareil mountaineer Jack Furness returns from an illegal and abortive climb of the forbidden mountain of Machhapuchhare without his friend Didier Lauren, killed in an avalanche, but with a consolation prize: a hominid skull like no other. Read full book review >
Imagine HAL, the murderously defensive computer of 2001, in charge of a state-of-the-art Los Angeles office building, and you have the premise for Kerr's witty, eminently predictable blockbuster. Jenny Bao, feng shui consultant for the Yu Building's Chinese owner, knows the omens for the skyscraper are all wrong, but instead of heeding her warnings, Ray Richardson, the building's head architect, just tries to get his partner Mitchell Bryan, Jenny's lover, to pressure her to sign off on the feng shui testing before the final pre-opening inspection. Read full book review >
Bernhard Gunther, who's aged over ten years since his first appearance in 1936 Berlin—he's now lived through a hellish war and has settled down warily with a wife who's cuckolding him with one of the occupying Americans—is cast as a less witty but equally mordant detective in this postwar tale of murder and political intrigue. Read full book review >