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Prussian Blue Review

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Title: Prussian Blue

Author: Philip Kerr

Format: Digital ARC

Published: April 4, 2017 by Marian Wood Books/Putnam

Genre: Historical Fiction,  Mystery, Fiction, War

Reading Period: March 5-30, 2017

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Synopsis:

From New York Times–bestselling author Philip Kerr, the much-anticipated return of Bernie Gunther, our compromised former Berlin bull and unwilling SS officer. With his cover blown, he is waiting for the next move in the cat-and-mouse game that, even a decade after Germany’s defeat, continues to shadow his life.

The French Riviera, 1956: The invitation to dinner was not unexpected, though neither was it welcome. Ernst Mielke, deputy head of the East German Stasi, has turned up in Nice, and he’s not on holiday. An old and dangerous adversary, Mielke is calling in a debt. He intends that Bernie go to London and, with the vial of Thallium he now pushes across the table, 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 bureaucrat 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 fiftieth 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 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.

Review:

Thank you Penguin First to Read for a free digital copy of this book in-exchange for honest review.

It’s my first time to read Bernie Gunther Series and I thought that the plot was very interesting. I was in doubt at first because I haven’t read any book in the series but it can be read as a standalone. However, I don’t know what to feel after reading this book. I usually love historical fiction but I did not enjoy this one as much as I enjoyed other books in the same genre. I think there weren’t much twist or turn of events that took me so long to finish it because I wasn’t that looking for the next page. And I was having a hard time keeping up with the story since was not that familiar with the Germany’s history. But, it was well written especially how cruelty and greed were described. And I like the idea of the story jumping from 1956 to 1939 which I would like to commend Mr. Philip Kerr. I would like to read his other book and give it another try. Maybe, this book is really not for me.

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