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Penguin: Putnam Trade Spring 2019

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Greeks Bearing Gifts
By (author): Philip Kerr
9780399185212 Paperback, Trade English General Trade FICTION / Thrillers / General Mar 12, 2019
$22.00 CAD
Active 5.48 x 8.21 x 1.15 in 544 pages Putnam G.P. Putnam's Sons
An NPR Book of the Year

A vicious murder puts Bernie Gunther on the trail of World War 2 criminals in Greece in this riveting historical thriller in Philip Kerr’s New York Times bestselling series.

Munich, 1956. Bernie Gunther has a new name, a chip on his shoulder, and a dead-end career when an old friend arrives to repay a debt and encourages “Christoph Ganz” to take a job as a claims adjuster in a major German insurance company with a client in Athens, Greece.

Under the cover of his new identity, Bernie begins to investigate a claim by Siegfried Witzel, a brutish former Wehrmacht soldier who served in Greece during the war. Witzel’s claimed losses are large , and, even worse, they may be the stolen spoils of Greek Jews deported to Auschwitz. But when Bernie tries to confront Witzel, he finds that someone else has gotten to him first, leaving a corpse in his place.

Enter Lieutenant Leventis, who recognizes in this case the highly grotesque style of a killer he investigated during the height of the war. Back then, a young Leventis suspected an S.S. officer whose connection to the German government made him untouchable. He’s kept that man’s name in his memory all these years, waiting for his second chance at justice…

Working together, Leventis and Bernie hope to put their cases—new and old—to bed. But there’s a much more sinister truth to acknowledge: A killer has returned to Athens…one who may have never left.

Story Locale: Munich and Greece

Series Overview: Philip Kerr has won an international reputation as a master of historical suspense with his noir detective Bernie Gunther tackling the dark underbelly of Nazi- and post-war-era Germany.

RECENT MOMENTUM FOR THE SERIES: All-star blurbs from heavy-hitters, a mention by Daniel Silva in his NYTBR column, a feature in The New Yorker, and traction with the recently updated look for the book jackets.

PRE-ORDERS for the GREEKS BEARING GIFTS hardcover are up 39% over PRUSSIAN BLUE.

A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER: The Bernie Gunther series hit the list with Field Gray and has continued on the list ever since.

FABULOUS REVIEWS, MEDIA, AND AWARDS: Major review attention including NPR and national newspapers.

GREAT IN-STORE PRESENCE: Kerr’s national tours have drawn large audiences and the response from fans and booksellers has been huge.

CELEBRITY FANS: Malcolm Gladwell, Jack Nicholson, Woody Harrelson, Tom Hanks, Salman Rushdie, Lady Antonia Fraser, George Pelecanos, and John Green, to name a few.

HARDCOVER TIE-IN: This paperback will feature a teaser for the next hardcover in the series, Metropolis.

Philip Kerr is the New York Times bestselling author of the acclaimed Bernie Gunther novels, three of which—Field Gray, The Lady from Zagreb, and Prussian Blue—were finalists for the Edgar® Award for Best Novel. Kerr has also won several Shamus Awards and the British Crime Writers’ Association Ellis Peters Award for Historical Crime Fiction. As P. B. Kerr, he is the author of the much-loved young adult fantasy series Children of the Lamp.

Author Residence: London, England

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“Once again Kerr leads us through the facts of history and the vagaries of human nature. His Bernie Gunther thinks he’s seen it all. But he hasn’t and, luckily, neither have we.” -Tom Hanks

“In Prussian Blue, Philip Kerr once more shows himself one of the greatest master story-tellers in English. The narrative is swift and adept, and so well-grounded in the history and custom of the period that the reader is totally immersed.”—Alan Furst

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