The novel itself is every bit as powerful and atmospheric and addictively page-turning as all the ones that came before it, but the final pages are extra bittersweet because there will be no more ... But the master's hand is now still; mystery lovers have this one last book to savor.
Kerr, who died March 23, has left behind a terrifically complex tale ... The tempo quickens as Bernie and Achilles chase down other shadowy figures implicated in the voyage of the ill-fated Doris. In one gripping scene, a tough Israeli Nazi hunter holds Bernie’s life in her hands while she and Bernie sit chatting in plain sight on the top tier of the storied Olympic Stadium. This is but one of many heart-racing moments in a beautifully written novel by a gifted writer who has left us too soon.
Bernie’s internal demons have always provided the compelling drama in this series, and here we loyal supporters are granted a ray of hard-won hope. It provides a great moment in an always-riveting series.