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

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'Bernie Gunther - sly, subversive, sardonic, and occasionally hilarious - is one of the greatest anti-heroes ever written. We're in good hands here.' - Lee Child

Ex-Policeman Bernie Gunther thought he'd seen everything on the streets of 1930's Berlin. But then he went freelance, and each case he tackled sucked him further into the grisly excesses of Nazi sub-culture. 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 . . .

Set before, during and after Hitler’s rise to power, the three novels contained in Berlin Noir: March Violets; The Pale Criminal; A German Requiem took the private investigator archetype perfected by Hammett and Chandler and dragged them to all-new depths of morbid compromise, all the while delivering eye-watering one-liners and observations on the human condition

When we first meet Bernie in March Violets he is 38 years old, a veteran of the Turkish Front (like Hitler, winning a Second-Class Iron Cross, but, as he says, “most of the first-class medals were awarded to men in cemeteries”), and an ex-policeman. He's also a private eye, specializing in missing persons. He's a very busy man. Because this is Berlin 1936, and people have a nasty habit of disappearing in Hitler's capital. 

Read an exclusive introduction to book twelve in the Gunther series, Prussian Blue, by Philip Kerr.

The thirteenth Bernie Gunther series novel, Greeks Bearing Gifts is published April 2018 and is available to order now.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780241962350
Number of pages: 880
Weight: 596 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 37 mm


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'Bernie Gunther - sly, subversive, sardonic, and occasionally hilarious - is one of the greatest anti-heroes ever written... We're in good hands here.' - Lee Child

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“Introducing Bernie Gunther, Poirot's antithesis”

This is the omnibus edition of the first three Bernie Gunther books written 20+ years ago. For fans (I am a fan) and first timers this will not disappoint. In the first two books of this set Bernie is the sardonic... More

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“Superb plotting and wry humour.”

With some very clever and intricate plotting Kerr has managed to meld some disturbing real life events with excellent story telling. In each case there are plausible explanations for what we know to be real with what... More

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“Great Collection!”

I read this book some years ago and gave it to a friend as recommended reading. Having now finished the complete cycle of Bernie Gunter novels, I have decided to re-read from the beginning.

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