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The Other Side of Silence (Bernie Gunther 11) - Philip Kerr

The Other Side of Silence (Bernie Gunther 11) - Philip Kerr

Title: The Other Side of Silence

Author:  Philip Kerr

ISBN:  9781784295141

Weight:  827g

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The Other Side of Silence by Philip Kerr

The French Riviera, 1956.  A world-weary Bernie Gunther is working under a false name as a hotel concierge.  His attempts to keep his nose clean go horribly awry when a wartime acquaintance sucks him into a blackmail plot involving one of the most famous British writers of the 20th century and the Cambridge Spies.

Bernie is missing his old detective life when his past walks through the door in the shape of Harold Hennig, a former captain in the Nazi security service – the man who, in 1945, was responsible for the deaths of thousands, among them a woman Bernie loved.  Hennig now enjoys a lucrative career as a blackmailer.

Hennig’s target on the Cote d’Azur is a famous resident with a dark past and plenty to hide – the writer, Somerset Maugham.  A shared love of bridge draws Bernie to Maugham’s magnificent villa, where Maugham tells him of the existence of a very compromising photograph.  Taken in 1937, it shows Maugham among a group of naked men beside a swimming pool – one of whom is the infamous spy and homosexual, Guy Burgess, who, with Donald Maclean, has recently defected to Moscow. Hennig has the photograph and is demanding $50,000 for its release.

Bernie is reluctant to become Maugham’s agent but his former life has made him as vulnerable to blackmail as Maugham himself.  Not only that – he has a massive score to settle with Hennig.

Peer & Press Reviews

Streets ahead of most other historical thrillers in its blend of wit, careful plotting and the kind of detail that brings the past to life.

Sunday Times

The Other Side of Silence makes for a welcome break from the relentlessly grim atmosphere in which Bernie is accustomed to working.

Washington Post

As usual, Kerr is superb at imaginatively mixing his fictional detective with well researched true-life characters and events.

The Times

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Attribute Details
Title: The Other Side of Silence
Book Features
Edition / printing: First edition, first printing
Series: Bernie Gunther – book 11
Overall condition: Fine / Fine (for more info, see our article on condition grades)
Signed: On the title page
Book Stats
Publisher: Quercus Editions
Awards and prizes: CWA Endeavour Historical Dagger 2016 – shortlist
Publication date:
Printed by: Clays Ltd, Bungay
ISBN 13: 9781784295141
ISBN 10: 1784295140
Format: Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages: 341
Size (h x w x d): 241 x 161 x 35mm
Design Credits
Author photograph: Joanna Betts
Jacket design: Two Associates
Jacket images: Getty

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