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  • A Philosophical Investigation
A Man Without Breath

From the national bestselling author of Prague Fatale, a powerful new thriller that returns Bernie Gunther, our sardonic Berlin cop, to the Eastern Front.

Berlin, March 1943. A month has passed since the stunning defeat at Stalingrad. Though Hitler insists Germany is winning the war, commanders on the ground know better. Morale is low, discipline at risk. Now word has reached Berlin of a Red massacre of Polish officers in the Katyn Forest near Smolensk. If true, the message it would send to the troops is clear: Fight on or risk certain death. For once, both the Wehrmacht and Propaganda Minister Goebbels want the same thing: irrefutable evidence of this Russian atrocity. To the Wehrmacht, such proof will soften the reality of its own war crimes in the eyes of the victors. For Goebbels, such proof could turn the tide of war by destroying the Alliance, cutting Russia off from its western supply lines.

Both parties agree that the ensuing investigation must be overseen by a professional trained in sifting evidence and interrogating witnesses. Anything that smells of incompetence or tampering will defeat their purposes. And so Bernie Gunther is dispatched to Smolensk, where truth is as much a victim of war as those poor dead Polish officers.

Smolensk, March 1943. Army Group Center is an enclave of Prussian aristocrats who have owned the Wehrmacht almost as long as they’ve owned their baronial estates, an officer class whose families have been intermarrying for generations. The wisecracking, rough-edged Gunther is not a good fit. He is, after all, a Berlin bull. But he has a far bigger concern than sharp elbows and supercilious stares, for somewhere in this mix is a cunning and savage killer who has left a trail of bloody victims.

This is no psycho case. This is a man with motive enough to kill and skills enough to leave no trace of himself. Bad luck that in this war zone, such skills are two-a-penny. Somehow Bernie must put a face to this killer before he puts an end to Bernie.

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Kerr's sardonic vision always encompasses wry humor, even amid the horrors of war.
Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review
This is the most intelligent brand of crime fiction, and there is moral complexity here in spades.
The Daily Beast
A MAN WITHOUT BREATH is a masterful accomplishment that delivers a gripping mystery wrapped around meticulously researched history...It brings the deadly past to life.
AZ Central
Kerr just keeps raising the ante with this series. And this is the best book yet.
Dayton Daily News
(Kerr) is absolute master of the genre; no one writing in English beats him, not even Alan Furst
Shepherd Express
Kerr masterfully explores morality's shadowy gray edge
Kirkus Reviews
"Kerr makes everything look easy, from blending history with a clever and intricate whodunit plot to powerful descriptions of cruelty."
Publishers Weekly (starred review)