Berlin Noir: March Violets; The Pale Criminal; A German Requiem
By Philip Kerr
Why this book?
This book – well, technically, the first three books in the series – is for anyone who enjoys mysteries or detective stories, especially the hardboiled variety. The core of the book is Bernie Gunther, who is – depending on the situation – a protagonist, a hero, and/or an anti-hero. A former Berlin detective turned private investigator, he’s cynical and sardonic, not to mention a hopeless romantic who repeatedly falls for the femme fatale or damsel in distress while on a case, which pretty much always leads him into trouble. The first book is set in Berlin in 1936, the second in Berlin in 1938, and the third in Berlin and Vienna in 1947, which means Bernie has more than a few brushes with the Nazis.
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