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Berlin Noir (‘March Violets’, ‘The Pale Criminal’ and ‘A German Requiem’)

Berlin Noir (‘March Violets’, ‘The Pale Criminal’ and ‘A German Requiem’)

Author(s): Philip Kerr

Location(s): Berlin

Genre(s): Crime

Era(s): 1930s 1940s

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The three stories are set in 1936 (March Violets”), 1938 (“Pale Criminal”), and 1947 (the aptly named “German Requiem”) against the backdrop of the rise and fall of Hitler’s Nazi Germany. He left the Berlin police once the force became nothing more than a tool of the new regime. The time and setting are perfect for a genre in which shades of grey dominate the palette. Gunther is tasked with solving crimes while navigating the Byzantine-maze of inter-party rivalries, many of which are deadly.

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