Sunday, February 2, 2020

Six of the best Cold War thrillers

M.L. Huie is a writer, teacher and actor. In addition to working ten years as a features journalist he has written several plays that have been performed throughout the US and in the UK. He is a proud member of Actor's Equity Association, and teaches theatre and acting at the university-level. He is married to a brilliant woman and has two genius kids.

Huie's new novel is Spitfire.

At CrimeReads he tagged six "murky Cold war thrillers by some of the best writers in the genre." One title on the list:
The Other Side of Silence, Philip Kerr

It doesn’t get much more noir than the late Philip Kerr’s Bernie Gunther series. Most of Kerr’s Gunther stories put Bernie reluctantly at the beck-and-call of such infamous Nazis as Joseph Goebbels and Reinhard Heydrich. Kerr’s later novels brought his German detective into the 1950s where he often found himself entangled with East and West spy agencies. Here, Bernie is working as a concierge on the French Riviera, but pretty soon he encounters tough customers including British spies, Markus Wolf, the notorious leader of the East German Stasi and, naturally, a beautiful woman. Kerr’s books simmer with uneasy alliances and sudden betrayal. No one navigates moral minefields quite like the brooding, sardonic Gunther.
Read about the other entries on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue