Berlin Noir

Berlin Noir : March Violets, The Pale Criminal, A German Requiem

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A combined edition of: March Violets, The Pale Criminal, A German Requiem, and Philip Kerr.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 848 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 33mm | 541g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0140231706
  • 9780140231700
  • 16,642

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Ex-policeman Bernie Gunther thought he'd seen everything on the streets of 1930s Berlin. But then he went freelance, and each case he tackled sucked him further into the grisly excesses of Nazi subculture. And even after the war, amidst the decayed, imperial splendour of Vienna, Bernie uncovered a legacy that made the wartime atrocities look lily-white in comparison...
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Review Text

Praise for Philip Kerr and the Bernie Gunther Novels

A brilliantly innovative thriller writer. Salman Rushdie
 
Philip Kerr is the only bona fide heir to Raymond Chandler. Salon.com
 
In terms of narrative, plot, pace and characterization, Kerr s in a league with John le Carré. The Washington Post
 
Every time we re afraid we ve seen the last of Bernie Gunther, Philip Kerr comes through with another unnerving adventure for his morally conflicted hero. Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review
 
Just as youth is wasted on the young, history is wasted on historians. It ought to be the exclusive property of novelists but only if they are as clever and knowledgeable as Philip Kerr. Chicago Tribune
 
Kerr quantum leaps the limitations of genre fiction. Most thrillers insult your intelligence; his assault your ignorance. Esquire

A richly satisfying mystery, one that evokes the noir sensibilities of Raymond Chandler and Ross Macdonald while breaking important new ground of its own. Los Angeles Times
 
Part of the allure of these novels is that Bernie is such an interesting creation, a Chandleresque knight errant caught in insane historical surroundings. Bernie walks down streets so mean that nobody can stay alive and remain truly clean. John Powers, Fresh Air (NPR)
 
The Bernie Gunther novels are first-class, as stylish as Chandler and as emotionally resonant as the best of Ross Macdonald. George Pelecanos
 
Kerr s stylish noir writing makes every page a joy to read. Publishers Weekly (starred review)
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Review quote

Praise for Philip Kerr and the Bernie Gunther Novels

"A brilliantly innovative thriller writer."-Salman Rushdie

"Philip Kerr is the only bona fide heir to Raymond Chandler."-Salon.com

"In terms of narrative, plot, pace and characterization, Kerr's in a league with John le Carre."-The Washington Post

"Every time we're afraid we've seen the last of Bernie Gunther, Philip Kerr comes through with another unnerving adventure for his morally conflicted hero."-Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review

"Just as youth is wasted on the young, history is wasted on historians. It ought to be the exclusive property of novelists-but only if they are as clever and knowledgeable as Philip Kerr."-Chicago Tribune

"Kerr quantum leaps the limitations of genre fiction. Most thrillers insult your intelligence; his assault your ignorance."-Esquire

"A richly satisfying mystery, one that evokes the noir sensibilities of Raymond Chandler and Ross Macdonald while breaking important new ground of its own."-Los Angeles Times

"Part of the allure of these novels is that Bernie is such an interesting creation, a Chandleresque knight errant caught in insane historical surroundings. Bernie walks down streets so mean that nobody can stay alive and remain truly clean."-John Powers, Fresh Air (NPR)

"The Bernie Gunther novels are first-class, as stylish as Chandler and as emotionally resonant as the best of Ross Macdonald."-George Pelecanos

"Kerr's stylish noir writing makes every page a joy to read."-Publishers Weekly (starred review)
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About Philip Kerr

Philip Kerr was born in Edinburgh and read Law at university. He stayed on to read Law and Philosophy as a postgraduate, most of this German, which was when he first became interested in German twentieth century history.

He worked first as a copywriter at a number of advertising agencies, including Saatchi & Saatchi, but spent most of his time researching an idea he'd had for a novel about a Berlin-based policeman. And following several trips to Germany - and a great deal of walking around mean streets of Berlin - his first novel, March Violets, was published in 1989 and introduced the world to the iconic tough-talking detective Bernie Gunther.

Since then he has written and published ten universally lauded Bernie Gunther novels, and is currently working on his eleventh. He has won both the RBA International Prize for Crime Writing, and the CWA Ellis Peters Historic Crime Award.
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Rating details

9,105 ratings
4.21 out of 5 stars
5 43% (3,873)
4 41% (3,700)
3 13% (1,205)
2 3% (251)
1 1% (76)

Our customer reviews

Philip Kerr keeps the reader turning the pages in these combined books. Being born in 1942, I have always been fascinated by the decade leading up to WW11, WW11 itself, and the human struggles of the people caught up in the Nazi madness! Bernie Gunther the detective who is the main character in these books is slick, likes women, hates the Nazis and is aghast at the moral disintegration of his country. Solving single crimes appears at times to be way down on the list of priorities for Bernie, in comparison to the larger horrors Hitler and his henchmen perpetrate on Europe. At times, he sails close to becoming a victim himself, and the descriptions of the styles in buildings, clothing and manners of the time has a truthful ring. The continual smoking by EVERYONE, and drinking, and the increasing desperation of the populace as war looms, I found riveting. I've ordered more in the series.Very gritty. Vale, Philip Kerr!show more
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