|Plot Summary of March Violets|
Native Scot author Philip Kerr's debut novel in 1989 packs a wallop. The setting is Berlin in 1936, the third year of the Reich, and private eye (former cop) Bernie Gunther is getting a lot of missing person cases. Then a steel industrialist asks him to investigate the shooting and arson death of his beloved daughter and not so favorite son-in-law, a lawyer who turns out to have been a climber in the SS. The father wants Gunther to retrieve a diamond necklace worth three quarters of a million marks that disappeared from the couple's bedroom safe. Unfortunately, the Gestapo leans on our hero, he gets beat up a few times, more bodies turn up, and the trail eventually leads through Obergruppenfuhrer Heydrich (Himmler's second in command) and into Dachau.
This synopsis report prepared by David Loftus
|Chapter Analysis of March Violets|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
descript. of violence and chases - 20%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 40%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 20%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 20%
Tone of story
How difficult to spot villain?
- Very difficult--no foreshadowing/clues
Time/era of story:
What % of story relates directly
to the mystery, not the subplot?
Misc. Murder Plotlets
- character killed during/after sexing
- "All in the family" murder
Kind of investigator
- hard boiled/private eye
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Any non-mystery subplot?
- minority/women/homosexual issues
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
- private investigator
Accounts of torture and death?
- very gorey references to deaths/dead bodies and torture
Explicit sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- descript of kissing
- actual description of sex
- descript. of breasts
- rape (yeech!)
Unusual forms of death
- blunt clubbing (like seals)
Unusual form of death?
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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