Bernie Gunther

25 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 6,384 ratings

March Violets 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.
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  • Book 1

    • March Violets

    • By: Philip Kerr
    • Narrated by: John Lee
    • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,131
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 872
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 877

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • One of the BEST

    • By Armen on 05-27-08

    Regular price: $31.93

    • March Violets

    • By: Philip Kerr
    • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
    • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 51
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 29
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 30

    Ex-policeman Bernie 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.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Missed the mark

    • By Margaret on 04-20-11

    Regular price: $26.30

  • Book 2

    • 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 673
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 513
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 519

    The Pale Criminal brings back 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, The Pale Criminal is noir writing at its blackest and best.

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

    • By Old Hippy on 07-02-09

    Regular price: $31.93

    • The Pale Criminal

    • By: Philip Kerr
    • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
    • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 20
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 17

    During a sweltering heat wave in the summer of 1938, the German people anxiously await the outcome of the Munich conference, wondering whether the Fuhrer will plunge Europe into another war. Meanwhile, private investigator Bernie Gunther is hired by a rich widow to find out who has been blackmailing her, as well as by the Berlin criminal police to track down a serial killer. Temporarily promoted to the rank of Kommissar, Gunther sets out to solve the dual mysteries amid the tensions of pre-war.

    Regular price: $26.54

  • Book 3

    • A German Requiem

    • By: Philip Kerr
    • Narrated by: John Lee
    • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 564
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 415
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 414

    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, when each case drew him deeper into the enormities of the regime. Now the war is over and Gunther's in Vienna, trying to clear an old friend of the murder of an American officer.

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

    • By David on 01-13-09

    Regular price: $31.93

    • A German Requiem

    • By: Philip Kerr
    • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
    • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 17
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 13

    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, when each case drew him deeper into the enormities of the regime. Now the war is over and Gunther is in Vienna, trying to clear an old friend of the murder of an American officer. Amid decaying imperial splendour, he traces sprials of depravity that lead him to a former head of the Gestapo.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • L.A. private eye lost in the wrong plot

    • By MissTa on 01-19-18

    Regular price: $23.16

  • Book 4

    • 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 527
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 400
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 397

    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. It is also a place where a private eye can find a lot of not-quite-reputable work: cleaning up the Nazi past of well-to-do locals, abetting fugitives in their flight abroad, sorting out rival claims to stolen goods.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent plot

    • By Linda on 06-18-08

    Regular price: $35.93

    • The One from the Other

    • By: Philip Kerr
    • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
    • Length: 12 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11

    Munich in 1949 is a place where a private eye can find a lot of not-quite-reputable work. It fills Bernie Gunther with disgust - but it also fills his sorely depleted wallet. Then a woman seeks him out. Her husband has disappeared. She's not looking to get him back - he's a wanted man who ran one of the most vicious concentration camps in Poland. She just wants confirmation that he's dead.

    Regular price: $30.05

  • Book 5

    • A Quiet Flame

    • By: Philip Kerr
    • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
    • Length: 12 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 20
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 13

    Posing as an escaping Nazi war criminal, Bernie Gunther, Berlin's hardest-boiled private eye, arrives in Buenos Aires. When he reveals his real identity to the local chief of police, he discovers that his reputation as a detective goes before him. A young girl has been murdered in peculiarly gruesome circumstances that strongly resemble Bernie's final case as a homicide detective.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I don't know what took me so long to

    • By Andreea Catana on 04-17-18

    Regular price: $29.20

    • A Quiet Flame

    • By: Philip Kerr
    • Narrated by: Paul Hecht
    • Length: 13 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 347
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 317
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 316

    Philip Kerr’s intricate novels featuring former Berlin homicide detective Bernie Gunther have earned ahallowed place in the hearts of mystery fans. It’s 1950, and Bernie has arrived in Argentina seeking asylum after being falsely identified as a Nazi war criminal. There he investigates the murder of a wealthy banker’s daughter ina case reminiscent of one he worked in Germany 18 years before.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • May be his best

    • By Greg on 08-09-12

    Regular price: $27.99

  • Book 6

    • If the Dead Rise Not

    • By: Philip Kerr
    • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
    • Length: 15 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 11

    Berlin, 1934. The Nazis have been in power for just 18 months but already Germany has seen some unpleasant changes. Forced to resign as a homicide detective, Bernie is now house detective at the famous Adlon Hotel. The discovery of two bodies involves Bernie in the lives of two hotel guests. One is a beautiful journalist intent on persuading America to boycott the Berlin Olympiad; the other is a German-Jewish gangster who plans to use the Olympics to enrich himself.

    Regular price: $17.90

    • 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 348
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 291
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 285

    The best-selling author of 20 novels, Philip Kerr has won a devoted following - and there are none more ardent than those who devour his Bernie Gunther series. In 1934, Bernie found himself in Berlin, where he was caught up in intrigue surrounding Hitler, America, and the upcoming Olympiad. Two decades later, Bernie surfaces in Havana. But an old associate has appeared there as well - and might spell trouble of a decidedly deadly nature.

    • 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

  • Book 7

    • Field Grey

    • By: Philip Kerr
    • Narrated by: Paul Hecht
    • Length: 14 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 8

    It's 1954, and Bernie Gunther sails to Florida, where he's arrested, returned to Cuba, and imprisoned. There he meets Castro, and a French intelligence officer, Thibaud. Exhaustively questioned by Thibaud, Bernie is flown to Berlin with a proposition: work for the French or hang for murder. But Bernie's past as a German POW in Russia is about to catch up with him - in a way he could never have foreseen.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • ALONZO

    • By lloyd on 02-15-12

    Regular price: $25.81

    • Field Gray

    • A Bernie Gunther Novel
    • By: Philip Kerr
    • Narrated by: Paul Hecht
    • Length: 14 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 366
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 305
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 306

    Philip Kerr crafts a thrilling chapter from his critically acclaimed Bernie Gunther series. In Field Gray, Bernie finds himself imprisoned in 1954—and told he can either work for French intelligence or he can hang. Accepting his new job, Bernie begins interviewing POWs returning from Germany. And things get interesting when he meets a French war criminal and member of the French SS who has been posing as a German Wehrmacht officer.

    • 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

  • Book 8

    • Prague Fatale

    • By: Philip Kerr
    • Narrated by: Paul Hecht
    • Length: 13 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 319
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 285
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 283

    Philip Kerr’s thrilling mystery series starring private detective Bernie Gunther has been hailed as “one of the great historical crime series” by Bookmarks Magazine. Set in 1941, Prague Fatale follows Gunther as he investigates a murder at the country estate of his old boss, SD member Reinhard Heydrich. Heydrich was throwing a dinner party for senior German officers when the victim was discovered - the body mysteriously locked in a room from the inside.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Another Great Bernie Gunther Mystery!

    • By Avid Books and TV on 05-24-12

    Regular price: $20.72

    • Prague Fatale

    • A Bernie Gunther Mystery, Book 8
    • By: Philip Kerr
    • Narrated by: Paul Hecht
    • Length: 13 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 34
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27

    September 1941: Bernie Gunther's old boss, Reinhard Heydrich, orders him to Prague to stay at his country house. When a body is found in a room locked from the inside, the spotlight falls on Bernie to solve the mystery. If he fails to do so, he knows what is at stake - the reputation of Heydrich, a man who does not like to lose face. So begins the most diplomatically sensitive case of Bernie Gunther's police career.

    Regular price: $18.53

  • Book 9

    • A Man Without Breath

    • By: Philip Kerr
    • Narrated by: Paul Hecht
    • Length: 16 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 302
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 277
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 277

    Berlin, March, 1943. A month has passed since the stunning defeat at Stalingrad. Though Hitler insists Germany is winning the war, commanders on the ground know better. Morale is low, discipline at risk. Now word has reached Berlin of a Red massacre of Polish officers in the Katyn Forest near Smolensk. If true, the message it would send to the troops is clear: Fight on or risk certain death.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Disappointing narration

    • By Charles on 05-24-13

    Regular price: $34.99

  • Book 10

    • The Lady from Zagreb

    • A Bernie Gunther Novel
    • By: Philip Kerr
    • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
    • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10

    In 1942,there are worse places to be than Zurich, and detective Bernie Gunther has seen his fair share of them. So when a superior asks him to track down a glamorous German actress believed to be hiding in Zurich, he takes the job. The actress, it emerges, is the daughter of a fanatical Croatian fascist, the sadistic commandant of a notorious concentration camp, and Bernie finds himself involved in something much more sinister.

    Regular price: $22.27

    • The Lady From Zagreb

    • By: Philip Kerr
    • Narrated by: John Lee
    • Length: 12 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 375
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 354
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 349

    A beautiful actress, a rising star of the giant German film company UFA, now controlled by the Propaganda Ministry. The very clever, very dangerous propaganda minister - a close confidant of Hitler, an ambitious schemer and flagrant libertine. And Bernie Gunther, former Berlin homicide bull, now forced to do favors for Joseph Goebbels at the propaganda minister's command.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • AT LAST!

    • By Bluestramp on 04-11-15

    Regular price: $31.50

  • Book 11

    • 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 496
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 466
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 461

    The war is over. Bernie Gunther, our sardonic former Berlin homicide detective and unwilling SS officer, is now living on the French Riviera. It is 1956, and Bernie is the go-to guy at the Grand-Hotel du Cap-Ferrat, the man you turn to for touring tips or if you need a fourth for bridge. As it happens, a local writer needs just that - someone to fill the fourth seat in a regular game that is the usual evening diversion at the Villa Mauresque. Not just any writer. Perhaps the richest and most famous living writer in the world: W. Somerset Maugham.

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

    • By antonio on 11-26-16

    Regular price: $31.50

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