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November 3, 2020 at 1:53 pm #3723Jennifer ChambersGuest
(Bernie Gunther, #1)
by Philip Kerr
- Release date: July 27, 2004
- Characters: Hermann Göring, Bernhard Gunther, Ilse Rudel, Hermann Six, Heinrich Himmler
- Places: Berlin
- Format: paperback, 245 pages
- Author: Philip Kerr
- Series: Bernie Gunther, #1
- ISBN: 9780142004142 (0142004146)
- Genres: mystery, fiction, crime, thriller, germany, noir, historical
- Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons
- Language: english
About The Book
Hailed by Salman Rushdie as a “brilliantly innovative thriller-writer,” Philip Kerr is the creator of taut, gripping, noir-tinged mysteries that are nothing short of spellbinding. The first book of the Berlin Noir trilogy, March Violets introduces readers to Bernie Gunther, an ex-policeman who thought he’d seen everything on the streets of 1930’s Berlin; until he turned freelance and each case he tackled sucked him further into the grisly excesses of Nazi subculture.
Bernhard Gunther, a hard-boiled Berlin detective who specializes in tracking down missing persons — mostly Jews. He is summoned by a wealthy industrialist to find the murderer of his daughter and son-in-law, killed during the robbery of a priceless diamond necklace.
Gunther quickly is catapulted into a major political scandal involving Hitler’s two main henchmen, Goering and Himmler. The search for clues takes Gunther to morgues overflowing with Nazi victims; raucous nightclubs; the Olympic games where Jesse Owens tramples the theory of Aryan racial superiority; the boudoir of a famous actress; and finally to the Dachau concentration camp. Fights with Gestapo agents, shoot-outs with adulterers, run-ins with a variety of criminals, and dead bodies in unexpected places keep readers guessing to the very end.
Hard-hitting, fast-paced, and richly detailed, March Violets is noir writing at its blackest and best.
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