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By Philip Kerr

The New York Times–bestselling writer of Prague Fatale and Field Gray is “in a league with John le Carré” (The Washington Post)

Berlin, March 1943. A month has handed given that Stalingrad and morale is low. Then Berlin learns of a purple bloodbath of Polish troops close to Smolensk. In a unprecedented example of contract, either the Wehrmacht and Propaganda Minister Goebbels wish irrefutable proof of this Russian atrocity. And so Bernie Gunther is dispatched. In Smolensk, Prussian aristocrats glance down on the wise-cracking Berlin bull. yet Bernie doesn’t care approximately becoming in. He in basic terms desires to discover the identification of a savage killer—before turning into a sufferer himself.

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I’m afraid you’re among the wall and a fierce puppy with that one,” I acknowledged. We climbed aboard and took our seats alongside the corrugated fuselage: it used to be like sitting inside of a workman’s hut. “Are you getting off on the Wolf’s Lair? ” I requested. “Or going the entire approach to Smolensk? ” “No, I’m going the entire manner. ” fast he extra, “I have a few pressing and unforeseen Abwehr company to take care of with box Marshal von Kluge at his headquarters. ” “Bring a packed lunch, did you? ” “Hmm? ” I nodded on the parcel he was once retaining lower than his arm. “This? No, it’s no longer my lunch. It’s a present for somebody. a few Cointreau. ” “Cointreau. genuine espresso. Is there not anything past your nice father’s skills? ” Von Dohnanyi smiled his skinny smile, stretched his thinner neck over his adapted tunic collar. “Would you excuse me please, Captain. ” He waved at employees officials with crimson stripes on their trousers after which went to take a seat beside them on the contrary finish of the airplane, simply at the back of the cockpit. Even on a Ju52 humans like von Dohnanyi and the workers officials controlled in some way to make their very own firstclass; it wasn’t that the seats have been any higher up entrance, simply that none of those flamingos rather desired to speak with junior officials like me. I lit a cigarette and attempted to make myself cozy. The engines begun and the door closed. The copilot locked the door and placed his hand on certainly one of beam-mounted desktop weapons that may be moved up and down the size of the plane. “We’re a group member brief, gentlemen,” he stated. “So does somebody know the way to exploit the sort of? ” I checked out my fellow passengers. nobody spoke, and that i questioned what the purpose used to be of transporting any of those males closer front; none of them appeared as if they can have labored a door lock not to mention an MG15. “I do,” I acknowledged, elevating my hand. “Good,” stated the copilot. “There’s a one-in-a-hundred probability we’ll run into an RAF mosquito as we’re flying out of Berlin, so remain at the gun for the following fifteen mins, eh? ” “By all means,” I stated. “But what approximately in Smolensk? ” The copilot shook his head. “The entrance line is 8 hundred kilometers east of Smolensk. That’s too a ways for Russian warring parties. ” “Well, that’s a relief,” acknowledged an individual. “Don’t fear. ” The copilot grinned. “The cold’ll most likely kill you lengthy earlier than then. ” We took off within the early morning gentle and once we have been airborne, I stood up, slid the window open, and poked the MG outdoors, with a bit of luck. The saddle drum held seventy-five rounds yet my fingers have been quickly so chilly I didn’t a lot fancy our probabilities of hitting whatever with it and used to be rather relieved while the copilot shouted again that i may stand down. i used to be much more relieved to shut the window opposed to the freezing air that was once filling the plane. I sat down, tucked my numb fingers lower than my armpits, and attempted to fall asleep. • • • 4 HOURS LATER as we approached Rastenburg, in jap Prussia, humans rotated of their seats and, searching the home windows, eagerly attempted to capture a glimpse of the Leader’s headquarters, nicknamed the Wolf’s Lair.

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