Berlin Noir: March Violets; The Pale Criminal; A German Requiem

Front Cover
Penguin, 1993 - Fiction - 834 pages
221 Reviews

Ex-policeman Bernie Gunther thought he'd seen everything on the streets of 1930s Berlin. But then he went freelance, and each case he tackled sucked him further into the grisly excesses of Nazi subculture. And even after the war, amidst the decayed, imperial splendour of Vienna, Bernie uncovered a legacy that made the wartime atrocities look lily-white in comparison...


What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
4 stars
3 stars
2 stars
1 star

I liked the ending, but it was less easy to read. - Goodreads
Clear insight into the period, informative. - Goodreads
A great introduction to the character Bernie Gunther. - Goodreads
Well written and researched too. - Goodreads
It was different, good writing. - Goodreads
I wanted some really good writing. - Goodreads

Review: Berlin Noir: March Violets / The Pale Criminal / A German Requiem (Bernard Gunther #1-3)

User Review  - Charles Moore - Goodreads

Read the March Violets which is part one of the three in the book. Not really impressed. It seemed overly shocking for no particular reason. While set in Berlin with rise of Hitler, and includes a ... Read full review

Review: Berlin Noir: March Violets / The Pale Criminal / A German Requiem (Bernard Gunther #1-3)

User Review  - Eric Grounds - Goodreads

You can't help liking Gunther - a man living in a hard place at a very hard time. I enjoy Philip Kerr's books enormously Read full review

All 124 reviews »


March Violets
The Pale Criminal
A German Requiem

Common terms and phrases

About the author (1993)

Philip Kerr is the author of seven previous Bernie Gunther novels, most recently Field Gray, which was a New York Times bestseller and a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2011. Its predecessor, If the Dead Rise Not, was a finalist for the Shamus Award for Best Hardcover Fiction. As. P. B. Kerr, he is the author of the young adult series Children of the Lamp. Kerr lives in London.

Bibliographic information