A lost noir gem, The Glass Pearls is the tale of an ex-Nazi surgeon hiding in plain sight in 1960s London by the celebrated filmmaker Emeric Pressburger.
Karl Braun, hatless, with a bowtie and greying hair, slight in build, arrives as a lodger in Pimlico. His new neighbours are intrigued by this cultured German gentleman who works as a piano tuner; many are fellow émigrés 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.
‘Incredibly good, thought-provoking and tense.’ Ian Rankin
‘A wonderfully compelling noir thriller and audacious and challenging act of imagination.’ William Boyd
‘This extraordinary novel had me hooked from start to finish.’ Sarah Waters