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Now published in one paperback volume, these three mysteries are exciting and insightful looks at life inside Nazi Germany -- richer and more readable than most histories of the period. We first meet ex-policeman Bernie Gunther in 1936, in March Violets (a term of derision which original Nazis used to describe late converts.) The Olympic Games are about to start; some of Bernie's Jewish friends are beginning to realize that they should have left while they could; and Gunther himself has been hired to look into two murders that reach high into the Nazi Party. In The Pale Criminal, it's 1938, and Gunther has been blackmailed into rejoining the police by Heydrich himself. And in A German Requiem, the saddest and most disturbing of the three books, it's 1947 as Gunther stumbles across a nightmare landscape that conceals even more death than he imagines. (For a review of Kerr's latest novel, The Grid, see our Thrillers section.)
Philip Kerr is the author of many novels, but perhaps most important are the five featuring Bernie GuntherA Quiet Flame, The One from the Other, and the Berlin Noir trilogy (March Violets, The Pale Criminal, and A German Requiem). He lives in London and Cornwall, England, with his family.
Good characters and plots but too many inconsistencies and logical flaws in these first three novels in the Bernie Gunther series. Read morePublished 1 month ago by david serber
It was actually my husband who read the book and he loved it!Published 4 months ago by Norma Butterfield
I felt Kerr was still feeling his way as far as style goes. I have read a number of his later books and have enjoyed them a great deal, which was why I ordered this one - not... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Berit Smerdon
There are three detective novels here. Phillip Kerr's detective is one Bernie Gunther, who is a German version of the hard-boiled American detective - thing Philip Marlowe, Mike... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Vince Marinelli
_Berlin Noir_'s three books look at Bernie Gunther's detective work in Berlin pre-and-post WWII. The stories are hard-boiled (although not quite as hard-boiled as Chandler's)... Read morePublished on Nov. 4 2012 by Ron Hoppe
I love all of Philip Kerr novels , this is special , 3 books in one , Bernie Gunther is smart , fun and living in a very difficult time , this series is both entertaining and... Read morePublished on Dec 31 2010 by J. G. Bruyea