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By Philip Kerr

Within the wreckage of postwar Berlin, PI Bernie Gunther--in his 3rd appearance--accepts coal for money and reluctantly takes on a case for Russian Col. Palkovich Poroshin, one of many despised ``Ivans.'' requested to end up black marketeer Emil Becker blameless of the dying of U.S. Counterintelligence Corps Capt. Edward Linden, Gunther leaves Berlin (and his untrue spouse) for Vienna, the place the incarcerated Becker insists he were manage whereas offering SS documents to Linden on the behest of a stranger named Konig. Gunther's look for Konig draws the eye of the CIC's John Belinksky, who additionally believes Becker used to be framed. After saving Gunther from a few drunken Russians, Belinsky asks Gunther to infiltrate the ranks of a super-secret crew of ex-Nazis whose chief might be former Gestapo head Heinrich Muller. evidently, the Nazi-hunting CIC desires Muller badly, yet Belinsky drops a bombshell that brings into query his personal function within the research. Unleashing a sequence of lovely revelations, Kerr ( The faded legal ) discloses the explanations for the Russians' curiosity in Linden and for the numerous deaths fascinated by Gunther's case. Rooted in ancient information, pushed via a strong narrative, this atmospheric novel strains a daunting direction amid a multiplicity of ironies.

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Within the wreckage of postwar Berlin, PI Bernie Gunther--in his 3rd appearance--accepts coal for cost and reluctantly takes on a case for Russian Col. Palkovich Poroshin, one of many despised ``Ivans. '' requested to turn out black marketeer Emil Becker blameless of the loss of life of U. S. Counterintelligence Corps Capt.

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And why us? ” He should have been as exhausted as Kemp or Burbank or Condella—he’d had important roles in all three of the performances we’d done in the last forty-eight hours—but fatigue just made his face look more handsomely gaunt and alert and Iago-cunning. No one had an answer, not even Aglaé. But I began to think that she was right—we were being put to the test—but I could think of no reason, after all these centuries, that a traveling troupe, or the human race for that matter, should be tested.

Then all of us ceased looking at the ship towing us and stared slack-jawed at the approaching world. Worlds, I should say, because the green and blue and white gas giant—there was no doubt it was a Jovian-sized world—was accompanied by a dozen or more hurtling moons and a ring. I’d seen hundreds of gas giants in my travels from Pleroma to the Archon worlds of the Tell, Jupiter and Saturn being only the fi rst and those only briefly glimpsed, but never had I seen a world like this. None of us had.

I said to Pig, “Jesus Christ and Abraxas’s rooster’s balls. ” And we did. But what I’d actually thought of in those seconds I stared into the resurrected Muse’s eyes was an old catechism line from Saint Jung: “The dream is like a woman. ” h SAYING IT WAS an extraordinary performance of King Lear would not be praise enough. It was beyond extraordinary. It would have won the laurel wreath at any gathering of the Bard Troupes on Stratford 111 at any time in the last twelve hundred years or more. The legendary Barbassesserra could not have created a better Lear that night than Kemp did.

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