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March Violets | [Philip Kerr]

March Violets

Hailed by Salman Rushdie as a "brilliantly innovative thriller-writer", Philip Kerr is the creator of taut, gripping, noir-tinged mysteries set in Nazi-era Berlin that are nothing short of spellbinding. The first book of the Berlin Noir trilogy, March Violets introduces listeners 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.
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Publisher's Summary

Hailed by Salman Rushdie as a "brilliantly innovative thriller-writer", Philip Kerr is the creator of taut, gripping, noir-tinged mysteries set in Nazi-era Berlin that are nothing short of spellbinding. The first book of the Berlin Noir trilogy, March Violets introduces listeners 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 the Nazi subculture. Hard-hitting, fast-paced, and richly detailed, March Violets is noir listening at its best and blackest.

©2008 Philip Kerr; (P)2008 Books on Tape

What the Critics Say

"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." (Publishers Weekly)
"Echoes of Raymond Chandler, but better on his vivid and well-researched detail than the master." (Evening Standard, London)

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    Ross Henderson Ontario Canada 01-17-12
    Ross Henderson Ontario Canada 01-17-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Marvellous Noir Thriller Delivered Beautifully"

    In 20 years of listening to audio books I would rate this as one of the top five I have heard. Kerr's story is wonderful and I won't give a precis of it here. I had read the books many years ago, and as I had loved them I was interested to see how they would translate into audio form; the result is a masterpiece. John Lee's delivery is superb! His tone, inflection, voices and characterization are exceptional. I can not recommend this book too highly. I looked forward with great anticipation to the daily commute to and from work so as to dive back in.

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    richard/sharon great falls, va, United States 10-15-11
    richard/sharon great falls, va, United States 10-15-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Pulls you in and keeps you interested - Compelling"

    This is a new take on the detective story for me. The setting pre ww11 Germany - Berlin here. It is gritty and graphic but very compelling. The historical truisms you will recognize. It is dark - All the books are dark as they should be when dealing with Nazis. Bernie makes a change from my usual British detectives and John Lee the narrator is superb. I followed John Lee from Folletts books and look where he brought me into a whole new world of mystery.

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    ellen 08-18-09
    ellen 08-18-09
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    "March Violets"

    terrific noir mystery, great narration

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    Paula Overland Park, KS USA 05-21-14
    Paula Overland Park, KS USA 05-21-14 Member Since 2012

    Enjoying one good listen after the next!

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    "A First "Noir" for Me. . . . and Last?"

    I have liked some of Philip Kerr's other books, so tried this 1936-noir legal drama. It was interesting because it was set in the period preceding WWII and specifically showcased how Berlin and the rest of Germany slowly but surely succumbed to the evil forces of Hitler. It was exceedingly slow and failed, to my way of thinking, to create much mystery at all as the story unfolded.

    Much of the story seemed far beyond plausability. A former vice cop working as a private detective had little experience with fire arms, kept making rather dubious decisions and generally, bungled his way to the conclusion of the story, beautiful girl at side.

    I didn't totally dislike this book, but can't rave about it either. It's a noir novel and for me, a "meh" read.

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    Salt Lake Joan salt lake city 03-16-12
    Salt Lake Joan salt lake city 03-16-12 Member Since 2010

    happy cook

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    "Crime in the time of Hitler's Germany"

    Phillip Kerr is actually a french female author who sets all of her stories in Hitler's time. Through her novels you get to know first hand the rise of the nazis and eventually their fall following WWII. Her protaganist Bernie Gunther is a fairly typical, hardboiled private investigator but the historical details raise the stories well beyond their genre.

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    Jay Rubin 03-29-10
    Jay Rubin 03-29-10 Listener Since 2007
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    "Disappointing"

    I found myself wandering off while trying to follow the story. The ending was really disappointing.. somewhat like a stereo typical foreign film that does not know how to end.

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