This is the first Bernie Gunther book I’ve read and I will definitely be reading more. To have the story being told by a German character from a German point of view is something new for me. Bernie is an appealing character to spend time with due to his dry, dark humour and disregard for authority. However it is also clear that he is a very flawed and damaged person – no doubt I will learn more about what he has gone through when I read other books in the series.
In this story he is summoned to Prague at short notice to solve a murder. A body is found in a room locked from the inside. Someone in the house is the guilty party. A deliberate setup by the author – Bernie makes a particularly bad-ass Hercule Poirot.
The period and places are evoked well and I do generally enjoy stories where fictional characters mix with real people such as the Nathan Heller series by Max Allan Collins (an American ex-policeman and PI, so in the same vein as Gunther) and American Tabloid (and others) by James Ellroy.
The narrator does a very good job. He also does other audiobooks in the series.
I’m glad I picked this book up, although I think that others in the series may make more unpleasant reading.