Book Review: Phillip Kerr The Lady From Zagreb (Bernie Gunther #10)




Rating
 3 out of 5 stars
Country
 United Kingdom
Writers
 Phillip Kerr
Publisher

Sub Genre
 Historical 
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Book Review: Phillip Kerr: The Lady From Zagreb


Plot Summary

The Lady From Zagreb is the tenth novel in the Bernie Gunther series by author Phillip Kerr.  In 1956 Bernie Gunther is watching the latest film starring a beautiful and established,  Gunther reflects on how he came to meet and fall in love with her.  In 1942 he is asked by his superiors to track down the actress and do whatever he can to persuade her to star in the Third Reich's new film.  She wants him to find her father a Priest in Croatia.  But it turns out he is now a sadistic commander of a concentration camp.

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My Review
 We see a more reflective Bernie Gunther, one who is looking over his past loves and life,  It is a novel that perhaps in this regard signals the end of Bernie Gunther's career as a private investigator and perhaps therefore the Bernie Gunther novels.

The setting during this period of Bernie's life, is not then an accident.  For in war can you see the irony in humankind's morality.  It allows Kerr to reflect on double standards in human morality and its opportunity for contradiction and corruption, particularly among those who worked for and helped the Nazi regime.  Only in Nazi Germany could the head of the War Crime Bureau also murdered 45,000 Jews.  In war Bernie can be as cynical as he likes and whist working for the regime he can maintain his hatred for them,

Indeed the Nazi history has been what this, and many of the Gunther novels have been about,  Kerr looks at the Croatian Ustase, a little known group of sadistic fascists who worked with the Germans Nazi regime.  It is a little known side of the war that is told through the relationship of the actress.

There are murders and crime in the book although these don't necessarily take the main focus of it, and when Gunther does solve murders he does so fairly quickly.  The murder towards the end of the book does seem somewhat out of place, although it is in the end linked in a way that wasn't expected.

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