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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    • Metropolis

    • A Bernie Gunther Novel, Book 14
    • By: Philip Kerr
    • Narrated by: John Lee
    • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
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    Summer, 1928. Berlin, a city where nothing is verboten. At central police HQ, the Murder Commission has its hands full. A killer is on the loose, and though he scatters many clues, each is a dead end. It's almost as if he is taunting the cops....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A highly talented author who will be missed

    • By C. Johnson on 04-13-19

    Regular price: $31.50

    • The Pale Criminal

    • Berlin Noir
    • By: Philip Kerr
    • Narrated by: John Lee
    • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 727
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    The Pale Criminal brings back Bernie Gunther, an ex-policeman who thought he'd seen everything on the streets of 1930s Berlin....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Esxcellent Historical Fiction; Gripping ...

    • By Old Hippy on 07-02-09

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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 352
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    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

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    • The One from the Other

    • A Bernie Gunther Novel
    • By: Philip Kerr
    • Narrated by: John Lee
    • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 558
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 430
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    Munich, 1949: Amid the chaos of defeat, it's a place of dirty deals, rampant greed, fleeing war criminals, and all the backstabbing intrigue that prospers in the aftermath of war....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent plot

    • By Linda on 06-18-08

    Regular price: $35.93

    • Prussian Blue

    • By: Philip Kerr
    • Narrated by: John Lee
    • Length: 17 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
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    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....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • One of the best Bernie hunter series!

    • By Alexandra on 05-18-17

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    • A German Requiem

    • By: Philip Kerr
    • Narrated by: John Lee
    • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 606
    • Performance
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    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

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    • Field Gray

    • A Bernie Gunther Novel
    • By: Philip Kerr
    • Narrated by: Paul Hecht
    • Length: 14 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 382
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 320
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 321

    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

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    • 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 377
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 318
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 312

    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

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    • A Quiet Flame

    • By: Philip Kerr
    • Narrated by: Paul Hecht
    • Length: 13 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 372
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 343
    • Story
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    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

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    • The Winter Horses

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    • Narrated by: James Langton
    • Length: 6 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
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    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

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