The Other Side of Silence : Bernie Gunther Thriller 11
by Philip Kerr
Editor: Quercus Publishing
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French Riviera, 1956An overwhelmed Bernie Gunther works under a fake name like a concierge at the hotel.His attempts to keep his nose cleanse go horribly wrong when an acquaintance in time of war sucks him in a blackmail plot involving one of the most famous British writers of the twentieth century and the famous SpiesBernie de Cambridge is absent from his former life as a detective when his past walks through the door in the shape of Harold Hennig, a former captain in the Nazi security services – the man who, in 1945, was responsible for the deaths of thousands, among them Bernie’s beloved wife.Hennig now enjoys a lucrative career as a blackmailerHennig’s target on the Côte d’ Azur is a famous resident with a dark past and much to hide – writer, Somerset MaughamA shared love of the bridge calls Bernie on magnificent Maugham villa, where Maugham tells him of the existence of a very compromising photo.Taken in 1937, he shows Maugham among a group of naked men next to a swimming pool – one of whom is the sadly famous spy and homosexual Guy Burgess, who, along with Donald Maclean, recently defected in Moscow.Hennig has a photograph and claims $50,000 for his release.Bernie is reluctant to become Maugham’s agent but his old life made him vulnerable to blackmail like Maugham himself.Not only that – he has a huge score to settle with Hennig.
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