March Violets

March Violets

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The brutality and corruption of Nazi Germany serve as the backdrop for this impressive debut mystery novel. Scottish-born Kerr re-creates the period accurately and with verve; the novel reeks of the sordid decade that saw Hitler's rise to power. Bernhard Gunther is 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. Narrator Gunther is a spirited guide through the chaos of 1930s Berlin and, more important, a detective cast in the classic mold. -- Publishers Weekly.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2004, c1989
Description: 245 p. ; 20 cm
ISBN: 9780142004142
0142004146
Branch Call Number: Kerr

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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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