Kerr, Philip. FIELD GRAY. (2011). ****.
This is Kerr’s latest episode in the espionage adventures of Bernie Gunther, a one-time detective in Nazi Germany. Gunther is the epitomy of the anti-hero. He was a detective on the Berlin police force from the early 1930s, but, except for a brief period in 1940, never believed in Hitler’s plan for a greater Germany and its 1,000-year Reich. The time is now 1954 and Bernie is working for a U.S. agency keeping tabs on Meyer Lansky and his interests in Cuba. While sailing from Cuba to Haiti, he is taken captive by the CIA and coerced into revealing long-buried secrets that would have a significant impact on the balance of power during this time of the Cold War. Gunther has been trying to get out of the spook business for twenty years now, but he knows too much. During that time he has found himself working for a variety of forces that he didn’t really believe in, including Heydrich, the SD, the Nazis, the CIC, the Perons, the Mafia, the French, the Cuban Secret :Police, and the CIA. All he wants now is to read the newspaper and play chess. It’s not that easy to get out. This novel brings us up to the mid-1950s in the world of spydom and counterspydom, with Gunther managing to maintain his personal beliefs in the face of warped politics. This is a marvelous series that should really be read in order, starting with The Berlin Noir Trilogy that has become a modern day classic. Recommended.