Prague Fatale by Philip Kerr

89%

14 Critic Reviews

It takes the combination of deep cynicism and brutal realism in which Philip Kerr specializes to write this riveting murder mystery based on the life and terrible times of Reinhard Heydrich, the sadistic Nazi butcher of Czechoslovakia in World War II.
-Washington Times

Synopsis

A Kirkus Reviews Top Ten Crime Novel for 2012

September 1941: Reinhard Heydrich is hosting a gathering to celebrate his appointment as Reichsprotector of Czechoslovakia. He has chosen his guests with care. All are high-ranking Party members and each is a suspect in a crime as yet to be committed: the murder of Heydrich himself.

     Indeed, a murder does occur, but the victim is a young adjutant on Heydrich’s staff, found dead in his room, the door and windows bolted from the inside. Anticipating foul play, Heydrich had already ordered Bernie Gunther to Prague. After more than a decade in Berlin's Kripo, Bernie had jumped ship as the Nazis came to power, setting himself up as a private detective. But Heydrich, who managed to subsume Kripo into his own SS operations, has forced Bernie back to police work. Now, searching for the killer, Gunther must pick through the lives of some of the Reich’s most odious officials.

     A perfect locked-room mystery. But because Philip Kerr is a master of the sleight of hand, Prague Fatale is also a tense political thriller: a complex tale of spies, partisan terrorists, vicious infighting, and a turncoat traitor situated in the upper reaches of the Third Reich.

 

About Philip Kerr

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Philip Kerr is the author of many novels, but perhaps most important are the five featuring Bernie Gunther—A Quiet Flame, The One from the Other, and the Berlin Noir trilogy (March Violets, The Pale Criminal, and A German Requiem). He lives in London and Cornwall, England, with his family.
 
Published April 17, 2012 by G.P. Putnam's Sons. 408 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, History, Biographies & Memoirs, Horror. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Prague Fatale
All: 14 | Positive: 13 | Negative: 1

Kirkus

Good
on Apr 09 2012

Bernie’s voice—ironic, mordantly funny, inimitable—reflects a world-weary journey. Still...readers are never permitted to forget that survival is his religion.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Feb 01 2016

Kerr effectively works dark humor into Gunther’s weary narration, and the ending packs the wicked bite his readers have come to anticipate.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Feb 27 2012

Kerr effectively works dark humor into Gunther’s weary narration, and the ending packs the wicked bite his readers have come to anticipate.

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Examiner

Excellent
Reviewed by Carol Thomas on Apr 11 2012

Philip Kerr’s darkly realistic Bernie Gunther mystery series has long been considered to exemplify noir crime fiction.

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Book Reporter

Good
Reviewed by Tom Callahan on May 25 2012

PRAGUE FATALE is a well-written and engaging mystery...

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Washington Times

Good
Reviewed by Muriel Dobbin on Jul 13 2012

It takes the combination of deep cynicism and brutal realism in which Philip Kerr specializes to write this riveting murder mystery based on the life and terrible times of Reinhard Heydrich, the sadistic Nazi butcher of Czechoslovakia in World War II.

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Globe and Mail

Excellent
Reviewed by H.J. KIRCHHOFF on Apr 26 2012

Kerr knows his modern German history, and is gifted at storytelling, and Gunther is a dark anti-hero for the ages.

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The Daily Beast

Excellent
on May 08 2012

...this latest addition is clever and compelling, proving once again that the Bernie Gunther books are, by a long chalk, the best crime series around today.

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Seattle PI

Excellent
Reviewed by ManoflaBook.com on Apr 17 2012

The plot is skillfully arranged...The setting, Prague, and a castle full of Nazis, is brilliant and shows that even monsters tend to blend into one another in a close setting.

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Watermark Books And Cafe

Excellent
Reviewed by Todd Robins on Feb 27 2013

...because Gunther is such a fine narrator, it’s a pleasure to follow him through the maze...

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Bookmarks Magazine

Excellent
Reviewed by Jon on May 01 2012

A perfect locked-room mystery. But because Philip Kerr is a master of the sleight of hand, Prague Fatale is also a tense political thriller...

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Shots

Good
Reviewed by LJ Hurst on Feb 27 2013

Kerr knits fictional and historical characters, while Bernie’s memories and knowledge of the future flow backward and forward.

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Critics At Large

Below average
Reviewed by David Churchill on Mar 22 2012

...I have always held these novels to a pretty high standard. And he simply failed to come close to the pinnacle this time.

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Mystery People

Good
Reviewed by Joe T. on Apr 17 2012

Philip Kerr’s novels have been one of my favorite discoveries over the last couple of years...They are all great books and Prague Fatale is no exception.

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