Search Results: "Philip Kerr"


BOOK REVIEW

FIELD GRAY by Philip Kerr
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 14, 2011

"An accomplished thriller."
When fans meet Bernie Gunther in this latest saga in the adventurous life of the hard-bitten, sardonic policeman, Kerr's (If the Dead Rise Not, 2010, etc.) stalwart Berliner detective is in pre-Castro Cuba. Read full book review >

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THE SHOT by Philip Kerr
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 11, 2000

"Kerr's material has always been fairly bleak (Esau, 1997, etc.), but this slog through the Slough of Despond is particularly grim: you meet only the unredeemed, the unrepentant, and the unrestrained."
Castro and JFK are targets of dueling conspiracies in this downbeat tale, a thriller suggesting that the no-good have already inherited the earth. Read full book review >

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THE GRID by Philip Kerr
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 2, 1996

"When the funhouse terrors have abated, though, it's sad to see a writer of Kerr's dark gifts riding this cornball express to the bank. (Film rights to Polygram)"
Imagine HAL, the murderously defensive computer of 2001, in charge of a state-of-the-art Los Angeles office building, and you have the premise for Kerr's witty, eminently predictable blockbuster. Read full book review >

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THE MOST FRIGHTENING STORY EVER TOLD by Philip Kerr
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"A patchwork outing thicker of agenda than atmosphere and likely to prompt, title notwithstanding, a few mild snickers and chills. (author's note) (Fantasy. 11-13)"
What better place to haunt than a bookstore specializing in occult subjects and run by an ex-magician? Read full book review >

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PRAYER by Philip Kerr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 6, 2014

"Though an interesting change of scenery for the author, the novel fails to distinguish itself."
In this departure from Kerr's Nazi-era Bernie Gunther series (the Berlin Noir trilogy, etc.), Houston-based FBI agent Gil Martins investigates the mysterious deaths of a group of outspoken atheists. Read full book review >

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THE ONE FROM THE OTHER by Philip Kerr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 7, 2006

"Grim and gripping, with all the author's customary sure-handedness in evidence."
After 15 years, Kerr (Hitler's Peace, 2005, etc.) dusts off his most compelling protagonist: Bernie Gunther, postwar Berlin's hardest-boiled PI. Read full book review >

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THE LADY FROM ZAGREB by Philip Kerr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2015

"For setting, character, plot—and the ability to navigate a moral swamp—le Carré has a rival in Kerr."
Kerr (Field Gray, 2011, etc.) does moral ambiguity better than most; his flawed yet empathetic hero, Bernie Gunther, is a captain in the Nazi SD—Sicherheitsdienst des Reichsführers, the SS's feared intelligence service.Read full book review >

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HITLER’S PEACE by Philip Kerr
Released: May 19, 2005

"Again, the protean Kerr (Dark Matter, 2002, etc.) nails his setting and does justice to a large fictitious/for-real cast, but an emotionally inaccessible protagonist—who sees an affinity between himself and Hitler, inasmuch as both are without 'moral values'—is hard to warm to."
It's 1943, two years before V-E Day, and everybody knows the Germans are beaten—especially the Germans. So what's to be done about it? Read full book review >

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A PHILOSOPHICAL INVESTIGATION by Philip Kerr
Released: April 1, 1993

"Kerr doesn't stint on either the technical or the philosophical side of his futuristic landscape: the result is the bleakest, brainiest thriller to come along in years."
Kerr leaps from postwar Germany (A German Requiem, 1991, etc.) to London in 2013 to tell a challenging story of freelance social engineering. Read full book review >

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THE WINTER HORSES by Philip Kerr
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 25, 2014

"A worthwhile-enough read for kids particularly interested in history and/or horses. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Kerr, well-known for his best-selling World War II thrillers for adults (A Man Without Breath, 2013, etc.), enters YA territory with a compelling but ultimately flawed tale of saving the last Przewalski's horses from Nazi invaders. Read full book review >

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IF THE DEAD RISE NOT by Philip Kerr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2010

"Another sexy, mordantly funny, thinking man's thriller from Kerr (A Quiet Flame, 2009, etc.), who, despite an impressive body of work, continues to fly under the radar."
It's 1934, and Bernie Gunther's chasing bad guys in Hitler's Berlin. It's 1954, and bad guys are chasing Bernie in the Mafia's Havana. Read full book review >

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DARK MATTER by Philip Kerr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Rich as history and philosophy, largely weak as drama."
Set in squalid 17th-century London, this intellectually rigorous and emotionally cool mystery finds Sir Isaac Newton pursuing counterfeiters and uncovering a far-reaching plot that threatens Great Britain. Read full book review >