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A German Requiem

By Philip Kerr

A German Requiem
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  • Published in USA  Aug 2006,
    320 pages.

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The disturbing climax to the Berlin Noir trilogy. Philip Kerr’s Bernie Gunther novels have won him an international reputation as a master of historical suspense. In A German Requiem, the private eye has survived the collapse of the Third Reich to find himself in Vienna. Amid decaying imperial splendor, he traces concentric circles of evil and uncovers a legacy that makes the wartime atrocities seem lily-white in comparison.

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"His adventures constitute a compelling course in the foundations of the Cold War." - Booklist.

"Rooted in historical details, driven by a powerful narrative, this atmospheric novel traces a frightening course amid a multiplicity of ironies." - Publishers Weekly.

"Despite its faults, Requiem is worth a read. Bernie Gunther might be the next Doc Adams." - Library Journal.

"Starred Review. Though not as elaborately horrifying as Bernie's first two adventures, this one, lacking the Reich as automatic villain, is even bleaker - and, in its depressing way, even richer in ironic insight." - Kirkus Reviews.

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Philip Kerr Author Biography

Philip Kerr was born in Edinburgh, Scotland and studied at the University of Birmingham. Following university he worked as a copywriter at a number of advertising agencies, during which time he wrote no advertising slogans of any note. He spent most of his time in advertising researching an idea he had for a novel.

His first book in the Bernie Gunther series, March Violets, was published in 1989. He has written for the Sunday Times, Evening Standard and the New Statesman. In addition to at least eleven books for adults including the Bernie Gunther series, he is also the author of the Children of the Lamp series which he writes under the name P.B. Kerr.

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