PI Bernie Gunther, hero of Kerr’s stunning Third Reich-era Berlin Noir trilogy, is back. In 1949 Munich, he takes a simple case — to prove that a woman’s war-criminal husband is dead so she can remarry — that proves to be anything but.

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Heavies chop off one of Gunther’s fingers.

Kerr’s expertly plotted tale glistens with period detail and punchily cynical asides (one Nazi official ”smelled faintly of cologne and hypocrisy”).