By Philip Kerr
Ex-policeman Bernie Gunther idea he'd visible every thing at the streets of Nineteen Thirties Berlin. yet then he went freelance, and every case he tackled sucked him extra into the grisly excesses of Nazi lifestyle. or even after the struggle, amidst the decayed, imperial splendour of Vienna, Bernie exposed a legacy that made the wartime atrocities glance lily-white in comparison...
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He beamed. ‘‘Wide-range circuitry that detects transmitters operating on frequencies from fifty megahertz to three gigahertz. Plus it’s got an internal antenna that picks up the horizontal oscillator frequency radiated by video cameras. I’ve optimized it for the PAL standard, which is what you’re most likely to encounter, but I can change it to NTSC or SECAM if you want. Reception isn’t great because it’s so small, so you won’t be able to tell where the bug or camera is, only that one is there.
But I nodded and slipped it into an inside pocket of the blazer I was wearing. I signaled the bartender that it was time for another Lagavulin. ’’ I asked. ‘‘I did. ’’ ‘‘Just a thank-you. ’’ I wondered if she had bought the story. If she hadn’t thanked Harry for his response, I would have known she hadn’t bought it, because she was classy and it wouldn’t have been like her not to respond. But the thank-you might have been automatic, sent even in the presence of continued suspicions. It could even have been duplicitous, intended to lull Harry into thinking she was satisfied when in fact the opposite was true.
After the events of September eleventh in the United States, the Metropolitan Police Force undertook a major initiative to link up these informal networks of cameras with a central database that runs advanced facial recognition software. The software reads characteristics that are difficult or impossible to obscure—the distance be- H ARD R AIN 33 tween the eyes, for example, or the precise angles of the triangle formed by the corners of the eyes and the center of the mouth. Now, when a camera gets a match for a photograph from the database, an alert is automatically sent to the appropriate authorities.
Berlin Noir (Bernie Gunther, Books 1-3) by Philip Kerr