A German Requiem
The final installment of Kerr's "Berlin noir" trilogy takes Bernie Gunther to Vienna in 1947. He spent the latter half of the war in the Soviet prisoner-of-war camp and is now married to Kirsten, who seems to be trading sex with U.S. Army officers for scarce goods. Both Berlin and Vienna are partly overrun by the Russian Army, so Germans, former Nazis, Allied occupiers, and our hero have the "Ivans" to contend with now. An old comrade from Gunther's days... A Philosophical Investigation
In the year 2013, capital punishment has been outlawed, but serious criminals may be sentenced to "punitive coma" -- drugged into a temporary and reversible or utterly permanent vegetative state. England has been chosen for a pilot project to identify and track male citizens who are genetically predisposed to be aggressively violent, called the Lombroso program. A serial killer appears to be stalking and killing these individuals in London, though their ... 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 nec... The Pale Criminal
Two years after the events in _March Violets_, in August to October 1938, things are getting worse in Germany. Private eye Bernie Gunther has taken on another good ex-cop as his partner, Bruno Stahlecker, but Bruno is killed on a stakeout. The two have been working on what looks like a fairly simple blackmail situation (someone is leaning on the wealthy mother of a homosexual male by selling back his love letters to a male doctor), but then Bernie is tap...
The Second Angel
By July 2069, plagues have destroyed most food supplies (forcing much of the world to turn to insects for sustenance), climatic changes have weakened the West and left Japan in control of much of the planet, and convicted felon laborers fill prison colonies on the moon. Most important, a dangerous new virus has killed 500 million people and infected 80 percent of the survivors; virus-free human blood is now the most valuable commodity, and virus-free hum...