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Summary

In 1942 there are worse places to be than Zurich, and detective Bernie Gunther has seen his fair share of them. So when a superior asks him to track down a glamorous German actress believed to be hiding in Zurich, he takes the job.

The actress, it emerges, is the daughter of a fanatical Croatian fascist, the sadistic commandant of a notorious concentration camp, and Bernie finds himself involved in something much more sinister.

©2015 Thynker Ltd (P)2015 W F Howes Ltd

Critic reviews

"Richly layered.... Remarkable." ( Sunday Times on A Man Without Breath)
"Compelling.... Elegantly constructed." ( Financial Times on A Man Without Breath)

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A tired series

I was disappointed with the last Bernie Gunther novel, "A man without breath" as I felt the franchise was running out of steam, plus the change of narrator from Jeff Harding to Paul Hecht had robbed the story of great characterisation. The only reason I listened to this was because of the return of Jeff Harding; wise-cracking Bernie himself in my view.

Sadly, polished narration does not change the fact that this is a tired series. For sure, Jeff does an accomplished job in terms of bringing all of the characters to life, but this series is in intensive care compared to the first "Berlin trilogy". The cracks are not as wise (or rapid-fire), the bad guys are not as scary, and the sex and violence is mushy compared to the hard edge of the earlier novels. Bernie is older now and it shows, his steely cynicism feels more like whining bitterness; he is softer, maybe a bit flabby and just ...... tired.

14 of 14 people found this review helpful

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Another Bernie Gunther Solid.

A real treat for Gunther lovers. Narrator Jeff Harding is brilliant, as usual - the one true voice of Bernie Gunther.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Bernie at his best .

You just have to love Bernie Gunther.
The twists and turns of this story surprise you at every turn.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Another piece in the Bernie Gunther jigsaw

What made the experience of listening to The Lady from Zagreb the most enjoyable?

As someone who has read/listened to the whole Bernie Gunther series, this book ties up some of the gaps in his life towards the end of the war. In particular, if you wondered how he ended up married at the end of the war, this book fills that gap.

What other book might you compare The Lady from Zagreb to, and why?

The Bernie Gunther series continues, with plot twists and the romance with the Lady for Zagreb at the centre of the plot. In all some of the twists are now getting predictable, and the connection between the different crimes introduced throughout the novel are a bit far fetched. Never the less it is a good story.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

At first I found the narration a little tiresome, read in the American gumshoe style. However, the narration fits the Gunther character, and I got used to it after a while.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, although the story moves along at a pace, which made listening a pleasure.

Any additional comments?

Not the best Bernie Gunther novel, but a welcome addition to the collection.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Another great story.

Another good Bernie Gunther story. Never 100% convinced by the American accent but it doesn't detract from the performance for me.

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Return to form

A return to form for what had become a slightly jaded series. I have read and heard all the books and was pleasantly surprised that I didn't lose interest.
Harding was both convincing and engaging throughout and I now look forward to the next in the series.

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Ok

I got to see the end but can not say I would recommend this book.

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choose another book

Bad dialogue and an unlikeable character, so bad i could not finish the book. Not recommended.

6 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Jeff Harding is back

Great to listen to Jeff Harding reading Philip Kerr again. Great stuff An absolute pleasure

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Bernie's never dull

These novels have always good twist, good historical facts, well structured. Can't wait for the next one.