The Lady From Zagreb

The Lady From Zagreb

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A beautiful actress, a rising star of the giant German film company UFA, now controlled by the Propaganda Ministry. The very clever, very dangerous Propaganda Minister--close confidant of Hitler, an ambitious schemer and flagrant libertine. And Bernie Gunther, former Berlin homicide bull, now forced to do favors for Joseph Goebbels at the Propaganda Minister's command. This time, the favor is personal. And this time, nothing is what it seems. Set down amid the killing fields of Ustashe-controlled Croatia, Bernie finds himself in a world of mindless brutality where everyone has a hidden agenda. Perfect territory for a true cynic whose instinct is to trust no one.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, a member of Penguin Group (USA), ©2015
ISBN: 9780399167645
Branch Call Number: KERR
Characteristics: 421 pages ; 24 cm


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Jan 20, 2018

An entertaining and informative novel. There are some details about war time ex-Yugoslavia including Bosnia, Croatia and Slovenia; and "neutral" Switzerland . The cruelty of war is shocking. A good style that mixes fictional and true events and personalities keeps your attention. It is mixed with humour and sarcasm. Quite enjoyable.

This book is a bit more plodding than others in the series but it is a fascinating look into what was happening in Croatia and Bosnia during WWII with ethnic based massacres. I also appreciated the background on how Switzerland was able to preserve its neutrality during WWII, i had not appreciated the geographical advantage this country has against invasion.
The love story weaving the historical background is a bit trite, but overall a good read as usual.

Dec 10, 2016

(The tenth book in the Bernie Gunther series)

Aug 04, 2016

I really liked this book. I've been to Berlin and a lot of the places Bernie traveled too so it made the always-interesting historical time frame even more fascinating. First Bernie book I've read of the series, but I will definitely be reading more.

Aug 15, 2015

This was my first crack at the Bernie Gunther series. The story itself was mildly interesting. It is certainly filled with heady insights on the evil of man. Overall, I found it less compelling due to the fact that it continuously moved on to different settings making it feel like a travelogue. While the protagonist was wise-cracking and flawed, he didn't make me want to read another in the series.

Jul 19, 2015

This is the tenth book in the Bernie Gunther series, all of which I have read. I think the tenth is his best.

May 11, 2015

The Bernie Gunther series really takes you to WWII and is highlighted with a lot of history.

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