Philip Kerr was synonymous with his series of novels featuring fictional detective Bernie Gunther. Over fourteen stories – beginning with his classic Berlin Noir trilogy – Kerr brilliantly evokes a murky world of secrets, corruption and lies, taking Gunther through time from Nazi-era Berlin to a nascent post-war Europe.
Along the way, he won many plaudits, not least being a select member of the now-legendary 1993 Granta list of Best Young British Novelists, and built a devoted fanbase. Aside from the Gunther sequence, Kerr wrote a number of standalone novels and ventured into children’s literature, but his stories featuring the dark underbelly of Europe reigned supreme. Completed shortly before his death, Greeks Bearing Gifts – the thirteenth Bernie Gunther mystery – was published in 2018, with another novel in the series, Metropolis still to come in April 2019.
The Final Bernie Gunther Novel.
Berlin, 1928, the dying days of the Weimar Republic shortly before Hitler and the Nazis came to power. It was a period of decadence and excess as Berliners - after the terrible slaughter of WWI and the hardships that followed - are enjoying their own version of Babylon.
Bernie Gunther is a young detective working in Vice when he gets a summons from Bernard Weiss, Chief of Berlin's Criminal Police. He invites Bernie to join KIA - Criminal Inspection A - the supervisory body for all homicide investigation in Kripo. It seems that someone is determined to clean up Berlin of anyone less than perfect. The voice of Nazism is becoming a roar that threatens to drown out all others. But not Bernie Gunther's ...