Hatchards Fiction Book of the Month for April 2023. Originally published in 1966, the second novel by the great 1940s screenwriter Emeric Pressburger is both a dark portrait and a desperate thriller. In 1960s London, a Nazi war criminal is working as a piano tuner and hiding in plain sight. But with news of the arrests of his former comrades, it begins to feel as though the authorities are fast closing in...
For fans of The Passenger, this thrilling tale of an ex-Nazi surgeon hiding in plain sight in 1960s London by the celebrated filmmaker is a lost noir gem, introduced by Anthony Quinn and narrated on audio by Mark Gatiss. Nothing is more inviting to disclose your secrets than to be told by others of their own... London, June 1965. Karl Braun arrives as a lodger in Pimlico: hatless, with a bow-tie, greying hair, slight in build. His new neighbours are intrigued by this cultured German gentleman who works as a piano tuner; many are fellow emigres, who assume that he, like them, came to England to flee Hitler. That summer, Braun courts a woman, attends classical concerts, dances the twist. But as the newspapers fill with reports of the hunt for Nazi war criminals, his nightmares become increasingly worse.
- Publisher: Faber & Faber
- ISBN: 9780571371044
- Number of pages: 288
- Weight: 243g
- Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 17 mm