The Other Side of Silence

Front Cover
G. P. Putnam's Sons, 2016 - FICTION - 400 pages
From New York Times-bestselling author Philip Kerr, the much anticipated return of Bernie Gunther in a series hailed by The Daily Beast as "the best crime novels around today."

Once I'd been a good detective in Kripo, but that was a while ago, before the criminals wore smart gray uniforms and nearly everyone locked up was innocent." Being a Berlin cop in 1942 was a little like putting down mousetraps in a cage full of tigers.


The war is over. Bernie Gunther, our sardonic former Berlin homicide detective and unwilling SS officer, is now living on the French Riviera. It is 1956 and Bernie is the go-to guy at the Grand-Hotel du Cap-Ferrat, the man you turn to for touring tips or if you need a fourth for bridge. As it happens, a local writer needs just that, someone to fill the fourth seat in a regular game that is the usual evening diversion at the Villa Mauresque. Not just any writer. Perhaps the richest and most famous living writer in the world: W. Somerset Maugham. And it turns out it is not just a bridge partner that he needs; it's some professional advice. Maugham is being blackmailed--perhaps because of his unorthodox lifestyle. Or perhaps because of something in his past, because once upon a time, Maugham worked for the British secret service, and the people now blackmailing him are spies.

As Gunther fans know, all roads lead back to the viper's nest that was Hitler's Third Reich and to the killing fields that spread like a disease across Europe. Even in 1956, peace has not come to the continent: now the Soviets have the H-bomb and spies from every major power feel free to make all of Europe their personal playground.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
5
4 stars
9
3 stars
2
2 stars
0
1 star
0

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - kerns222 - LibraryThing

The blossom of Bernie has faded. Kerr's first Bernie Gunther mysteries grabbed you. They felt like Sam Spade's smart-assed twin was taking names in Nazi Germany. This book, number 9 in the series ... Read full review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - atticusfinch1048 - LibraryThing

The Other Side of Silence – Philip Kerr at his best The publication of Philip Kerr’s, Bernie Gunther thriller, The Other Side of Silence, once again shows why is a master of historical fiction. How he ... Read full review

Selected pages

Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
9
Section 3
23
Section 4
33
Section 5
41
Section 6
49
Section 7
61
Section 8
69
Section 18
221
Section 19
233
Section 20
245
Section 21
255
Section 22
265
Section 23
275
Section 24
283
Section 25
287

Section 9
83
Section 10
95
Section 11
103
Section 12
113
Section 13
121
Section 14
131
Section 15
141
Section 16
193
Section 17
209
Section 26
299
Section 27
315
Section 28
319
Section 29
333
Section 30
349
Section 31
353
Section 32
371
Section 33
387
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2016)

Philip Kerr was the New York Times bestselling author of the acclaimed Bernie Gunther novels, three of which--Field Gray, The Lady from Zagreb, and Prussian Blue--were finalists for the Edgar Award for Best Novel. Kerr also won several Shamus Awards and the British Crime Writers' Association Ellis Peters Award for Historical Crime Fiction. Just before his death in 2018, he was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. As P.B. Kerr, he was the author of the much-loved young adult fantasy series Children of the Lamp.

Bibliographic information