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March Violets (original 1989; edition 1989)
by Philip Kerr
Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0142004146, Paperback)
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 1930s Berlin—until he turned freelance and each case he tackled sucked him further into the grisly excesses of Nazi subculture. Hard-hitting, fast-paced, and richly detailed, March Violets is noir writing at its blackest and best.
(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 14 Feb 2013 13:26:52 -0500)
Ex-policeman Bernhard Gunther thought he'd seen everything on the streets of 1930s Berlin - until he turned freelance and he is sucked further into the grisly excesses of Nazi subculture. The year is 1936 and Berlin is preparing for the Olympic Games. Some of Bernie's Jewish friends are beginning to realise that they should have left while they could; and Bernie himself has been hired by a wealthy industrialist to investigate two murders that reach high into the Nazi Party. Hard-hitting, fast-paced, and richly detailed, March Violets is noir writing at its best and blackest.
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