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March Violets: A Bernie Gunther Novel
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March Violets: A Bernie Gunther Novel [Format Kindle]

Philip Kerr
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"Echoes of Raymond Chandler but better on his vivid and well-researched detail than the master." —Evening Standard

"Taut, brutal, coarse, believable and gripping stuff." —Sunday Telegraph

"Kerr’s complex intrigue allows space for brilliantly provoking political asides." —Sunday Times

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Hailed by Salman Rushdie as a “brilliantly innovative thriller-writer,” Philip Kerr is the creator of taut, gripping, noir-tinged mysteries that are nothing short of spellbinding. The first book of the Berlin Noir trilogy, March Violets introduces readers 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. Hard-hitting, fast-paced, and richly detailed, March Violets is noir writing at its blackest and best.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great novel 14 juillet 2014
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Combining fiction and historical events, a well-written story which pretty much keeps its promise as a crime novel. Just about believable - and thoroughly enjoyable.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 the first of a serie 2 juin 2013
Par Eric Blair VOIX VINE
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The first book of the Bernie Gunther serie. A well written burglar and murder story with an unusual historical background, i.e. Philip Marlowe in nazi's times.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 As good a detective novel as you will ever read 4 janvier 2006
Par Grey Wolffe - Publié sur
From page one the strength of narrative and the wisecracking of the PI Bernhard "Bernie" Gunther is a detective novel readers dream. Philip Kerr is able to bring 1936 Berlin alive it all it's nationalistic insanity. His ability to describe how the Nazi party had taken total control of this nation is remarkable.

He has picked-up the nuance of how people delude themselves into believing what they are told, no matter how implausible.

Right from the start you know that Gunther is as cynical as you can be, without being arrested by the Gestapo (which he is at a later point of the book). The way he weaves the disillusionment of the average German, while at the same time showing how they just acquiest to what was going on. Unlike most books about Germany at this time, he presents the Nazi's as people not cardboard cutouts. He does, though, show them in all their sadism and brutality. But it is a brutality that has become humdrum and expected. No one is surprised by what is going on. Everyone is just hoping it doesn't happen to them.

Especially appealing is Gunther's gumshoe comments and asides as to what is going on. At one point he gets out of his car and gives the "Hitler salute" when the party standard is paraded by. His comment, "it's not worth taking a beating for not saluting". He tells of a circulating joke, that next to Jews, Hitler hates homosexuals and cripples the most. The punch line is that everyone but Hitler knows that his Minister of Propaganda, Joseph "Joey" Goebbels has a club foot.

You can just imagine Robert Mitchum or Humphrey Bogart playing this "fleabite" PI. He drinks, he smokes, and he's like a junkyard dog when it comes to doing his job. There are great descriptions of the war between Reichfurher Himmler, the head of the Gestapo and SS and Prime Minister of Prussia Hermann Goering.

The ending, is just a pregnant pause, we know that there are two more books in the "Berlin Noir" trilogy, and that's the way that Kerr leaves us at the end of this book. You know you have to read the other two.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 3 1/2 Stars -- An Old-School Crime Noir Set In Prewar Berlin Under The Nazis! 24 mai 2008
Par Bobbewig - Publié sur
If you enjoy/enjoyed the old-school crime novels with characters like Philip Marlowe or Sam Spade, you'll enjoy March Violets, which is set in Berlin in 1936 and features tough-talking, hard-drinking, chain-smoking and cynical Bernhard Gunther. Gunther is an ex-cop, now private investigator hired by a rich businessman to find some jewelry that was stolen, and which had belonged to the businessman's recently murdered daughter. In addition, Gunther is "requested" by Herman Goering to find some important missing papers. I found Kerr's description of prewar Berlin and life in Nazi Germany to be very good, and considered the plot to be engrossing. These two elements are worthy of a 4- 4 1/2 star rating. What brought my overall rating of March Violets down to 3 1/2 stars is that I found that Kerr went somewhat overboard in portraying Gunther's tough guy attitude and in having Gunther speak ad nauseum in cliches. At times, I felt that Kerr was trying to create a satire of the type of detective novels that were popular in the '30s, '40s and '50s. March Violets is a good book that held my attention, and created enough interest to make me want to read the next book in Kerr's Berlin Noir trilogy. However, unless you are a lover of crime noir books, March Violets is not a book that I'd recommend you rush out to buy and put at the top of your To Be Read list.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 March Violets 3 avril 2012
Par MS - Publié sur
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If you like books by Jo Nesbo, Lee Child, John Lescroart, John Sanford, Michael Connelly, etc., you will like this book. If you are curious about prewar Hitler Germany you will love this book. I first read Field Gray, a 2010 Kerr "Bernie Gunther" novel and wanted to read more and found the Berlin Noir Trilogy. This is the first book and I will read the second.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 :Its like trying to make up a jigaw with not one, but two sets of pieces" 14 avril 2013
Par doc peterson - Publié sur
If you are a fan of Raymond Chandler or Dashiel Hammett, you'll love Philip Kerr's Bernie Gunther. Set in 1936 Berlin, Gunther is a former police detective turned private eye, who is every bit as jaded, cynical and hard as Sam Spade or Philip Marlowe, with an equally sharp wit and resistance to authority. This, of course, doesn't earn Gunther the good will of the powers-that-be, the Nazis weren't universally beloved even in 1936, as Kerr deflt shows - there are pleny of old Bolsheviks, Social Democrats and Conservatives who have no love for the National Socalists. In this politically charged setting (heightened further by the pending Olympic Games, the Nazi government very aware of the public face they want to show the world), Gunter is hired by a wealthy industrialist to investigate a robbery and double-murder.

As with any noir-novel, things quickly spiral well beyond the initial investigation, as Gunther crosses paths with the Gestapo (who also have an interest in the case), Berlin's organized crime rings and more than one femme-fatale. Added to this gritty mix are several plot-twists and red-herrings worthy of the masters of noir genre. The resolution of the mystery - or mysteries as it turns out - was so complex and convoluted, fraught with dead-ends and suprises that I was hopless in resolving it myself, in the end simply turning myself over to Kerr's writing allowing him to take me where he would as the pieces eventually came together. As a fan of the genre, I can't ask more of a writer.

It was with tremendous pleasure then, that Kerr writes Berlin (a city that is dear to my heart) so well. The detailed references to landmarks, stations, and locales (both extant and long-gone) made me a little homesick for the city. His use of slang brought a smile to my face Kerr is not only true to the city and genre, but also to the time - the voices of many of his characters is as brutal and coarse as the Nazis themselves, which was a bit shocking and at times uncomfortable, but authentic nonetheless. Even the title - a reference to those who became Nazis after they had seized power not for ideological reasons, but for political or economic advancement - is authentic.

While _March Violets_ is no Berlin Alexanderplatz: The Story of Franz Biberkopf (Continuum Impacts), it is an engaging and enjoyable read. Highly recommended.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Implausible but not dull 11 août 2013
Par Ethan Cooper - Publié sur
Philip Kerr does honor certain conventions of the hard-boiled detective novel in MARCH VIOLETS, the first mystery in his BERLIN NOIR trilogy. He does, for example, utilize only one private investigator--the sympathetic Bernie Gunther who is contemptuous of Nazis--to gather clues; he presents a homicide--Grete and Paul Pfarr have been murdered in bed--early in his story; the murderer makes an early appearance and his motive--love and money sometimes beget terrible deeds--is personal; and the solution to this double homicide does have a surprising twist.

On the other hand, doesn't the author of a good detective novel develop his story so that there are few, if any, interventions by one-dimensional characters that appear only once and provide indispensable backstory or clues? And doesn't the author of a good hard-boiled detective novel utilize the logic and street-smarts of his PI--not implausible coincidence or improbable clues--to move the plot forward? Well, by these measures, Kerr is certainly not Raymond Chandler, since the cleaning lady, Neumann, and other characters exist only to provide gratuitous and otherwise unknowable detail. Likewise, Bernie Gunther is certainly a lucky man, since he finds two improbable written clues as well as a needle in a haystack at Dachau. As a result, I'd say that MARCH VIOLETS, while sold as a detective novel, is more a dark fantasy than an involving puzzle of homicide.

MARCH VIOLETS was published in 1989, three years before the Literary Review first bestowed its "Bad Sex in Fiction Award". Well, if the Literary Review does ever make retrospective awards, I think MV definitely deserves consideration. Largely, Kerr's claim to this award is based on Bernie's hanky-panky with Ilse, a hot star of German movies. Here, I'm not quoting exactly. But her breasts "wobble engagingly" while "each of her brown nipples was like a British Tommy's helmet." Even so, judges should not overlook Bernie's fling with the bodacious Inge, his girl Friday. Then, Inge stands before Bernie "naked but for her garter-belt, her stockings, and her shoes" while Bernie sits "back on his haunches with an excitement that ached to be liberated." They spend the afternoon "...blissfully enjoying the feast of each other's flesh."

Kerr sets MV in Berlin during the 1936 Olympics. At that time, the Nazis had solidified their political control but not all Germans--especially Bernie Gunther--believed Nazi propaganda or supported its brutality and anti-Semitism. IMHO, Kerr is at his best as he evokes the furtive and futile misgivings of such characters, who, in MV, consider the Nazis ruthless and dangerous gangsters.
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