Philip Kerr
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Philip Kerr

Philip Kerr was born in Edinburgh in 1956 and read Law at university. Having learned nothing as an undergraduate lawyer he stayed on as postgraduate and read Law and Philosophy, most of this German, which was when and where he first became interested in German twentieth century history and, in particular, the Nazis. Following university he worked as a copywriter at a number of advertising agencies, including Saatchi & Saatchi, during which time he wrote no advertising slogans of any note. He spent most of his time in advertising researching an idea he'd had for a novel about a Berlin-based policeman, in 1936. And following several trips to Germany - and a great deal of walking around the mean streets of Berlin - his first novel, March Violets, was published in 1989 and introduced the world to Bernie Gunther.
"I loved Berlin before the wall came down; I'm pretty fond of the place now, but back then it was perhaps the most atmospheric city on earth. Having a dark, not to say black sense of humour myself, it's always been somewhere I feel very comfortable."
Having left advertising behind, Kerr worked for the London Evening Standard and produced two more novels featuring Bernie Gunther: The Pale Criminal (1990) and A German Requiem (1991). These were published as an omnibus edition, Berlin Noir in 1992.
Thinking he might like to write something else, he did and published a host of other novels before returning to Bernie Gunther after a gap of sixteen years, with The One from the Other (2007).
Says Kerr, "I never intended to leave such a large gap between Book 3 and Book 4; a lot of other stuff just got in the way; and I feel kind of lucky that people are still as interested in this guy as I am. If anything I'm more interested in him now than I was back in the day."
Two more novels followed, A Quiet Flame (2008) and If the Dead Rise Not (2009).
Field Gray (2010) is perhaps his most ambitious novel yet that features Bernie Gunther. Crossing a span of more than twenty years, it takes Bernie from Cuba, to New York, to Landsberg Prison in Germany where he vividly describes a story that covers his time in Paris, Toulouse, Minsk, Konigsberg, and his life as a German POW in Soviet Russia.
Kerr is already working on an eighth title in the series.
"I don't know how long I can keep doing them; I'll probably write one too many; but I don't feel that's happened yet."
As P.B.Kerr Kerr is also the author of the popular 'Children of the Lamp' series.

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    • Greeks Bearing Gifts

    • A Bernie Gunther Novel, Book 13
    • By: Philip Kerr
    • Narrated by: John Lee
    • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 301
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 278
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 278

    It is 1956, and Bernie Gunther has a new name, a clean passport, a chip on his shoulder, and a menial low-paying job in Munich. And then an old friend arrives to repay a debt....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Series gets better and better

    • By Rena on 04-10-18

    Regular price: $31.50

    • A German Requiem

    • By: Philip Kerr
    • Narrated by: John Lee
    • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 562
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 413
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 412

    Bernie Gunther had his first brush with evil as a policeman in 1930s Berlin and came to know it intimately as a private eye under the Nazis....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • a great german whodunnit, cont'd

    • By David on 01-13-09

    Regular price: $31.93

    • The Winter Horses

    • By: Philip Kerr
    • Narrated by: James Langton
    • Length: 6 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 38
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 33
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 33

    It will soon be another cold winter in the Ukraine. But it's 1941, and things are different this year. Max, the devoted caretaker of an animal preserve, must learn to live with the Nazis....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Beautifully Written and not overdone

    • By LCNanny on 11-21-16

    Regular price: $24.49

    • If the Dead Rise Not

    • A Bernie Gunther Novel
    • By: Philip Kerr
    • Narrated by: Paul Hecht
    • Length: 16 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 343
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 286
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 280

    In 1934, Bernie found himself in Berlin, where he was caught up in intrigue surrounding Hitler, America, and the upcoming Olympiad....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Not the same w/o John Lee narrating, but ok story

    • By Avid Books and TV on 06-07-11

    Regular price: $34.99

    • Prussian Blue

    • By: Philip Kerr
    • Narrated by: John Lee
    • Length: 17 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 406
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 373
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 372

    From New York Times best-selling author Philip Kerr, the much-anticipated return of Bernie Gunther, our compromised former Berlin bull and unwilling SS officer....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • over-the-top narration became tedious

    • By Viv and Mike on 05-08-17

    Regular price: $35.00

    • Field Gray

    • A Bernie Gunther Novel
    • By: Philip Kerr
    • Narrated by: Paul Hecht
    • Length: 14 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 361
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 300
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 301

    Philip Kerr crafts a thrilling chapter from his critically acclaimed Bernie Gunther series....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Way too much of a good thing... Bernie as Zelig

    • By DanBudda on 11-24-15

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Dark Matter

    • The Private Life of Sir Isaac Newton
    • By: Philip Kerr
    • Narrated by: John Lee
    • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 206
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 109
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 112

    In 1696, young Christopher Ellis is sent to the Tower of London, but not as a prisoner...

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A cracking Yarn not a biography!

    • By Jim on 07-21-04
    • The Private Life of Sir Isaac Newton
    • By: Philip Kerr
    • Narrated by: John Lee
    • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
    • Release date: 08-29-03
    • 4 out of 5 stars 206 ratings

    Regular price: $26.60

    • The Other Side of Silence

    • By: Philip Kerr
    • Narrated by: John Lee
    • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 495
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 465
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 460

    The war is over. Bernie Gunther, our sardonic former Berlin homicide detective and unwilling SS officer, is now living on the French Riviera....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Sardonic Bernie goes to French riviera

    • By antonio on 11-26-16

    Regular price: $31.50

    • The Shot

    • By: Philip Kerr
    • Narrated by: George Guidall
    • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 54
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 46
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 45

    Philip Kerr has won widespread critical acclaim for this imaginative reworking of the mythology surrounding the John F. Kennedy assassination....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Kerr is always solid in his supposition: It's all about the Story.

    • By Meeno on 11-23-15

    Regular price: $31.49

    • A Quiet Flame

    • By: Philip Kerr
    • Narrated by: Paul Hecht
    • Length: 13 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 344
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 315
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 314

    Philip Kerr’s intricate novels featuring former Berlin homicide detective Bernie Gunther have earned ahallowed place in the hearts of mystery fans....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • May be his best

    • By Greg on 08-09-12

    Regular price: $27.99

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