March Violets

March Violets

Book - 1989
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THE FIRST NOVEL IN PHILIP KERR'S ACCLAIMED HISTORICAL MYSTERY SERIES

When private investigator Bernie Gunther agrees to track down some stolen jewels, his search takes him down the dangerous streets of pre-World War 2 Berlin and into the path of the most influential players in Nazi Germany...

Wisecracking cop turned private investigator Bernie Gunther specializes in missing persons, and as the Third Reich's power has grown, Bernie has become a very busy man. But as he takes on cases involving millionaire industrialists, stolen diamonds, and Hitler's most powerful cronies, Bernie finds himself mired in the brutality and corruption of a country on the brink of war.

Hard-hitting, fast-paced, and richly detailed, March Violets is noir writing at its blackest and best.
Publisher: London : Viking, 1989.
ISBN: 9780142004142
9780670824311
0670824313
Branch Call Number: KERR
Characteristics: 245 p.

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patch666
May 09, 2018

Great Series>> Berlin Noir a detective story set in Nazi Germany. Very interesting concept, setting and Characters. Captures the atmosphere and dread of pre-war Germany told through the hard boiled mind of Bernie Guthrie former policeman turned detective. Really very good historical fiction that is going to be made into an HBO series. Great Stuff !!!! 420

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maipenrai
Nov 30, 2016

(The first book in the Bernie Gunther series)

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Dreamstime
Aug 24, 2015

A terrific setting for a crime novel. Hard to ignore the events that will soon overtake all the characters. Although the progression of the story was interesting, I disliked its conclusion.

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JLMason
Jun 22, 2013

It is very difficult to write hard boiled detective fiction with the snap and wit of Hammett or Chandler, but Philip Kerr manages to accomplish this against the backdrop of pre-war Berlin with an ex-cop PI in the mould of Sam Spade. The writing is excellent (and frequently funny), the story moves briskly, and you learn about what it was like to live day-to-day in Germany under the Nazis. Highly recommended.

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