Search Results: "Philip Kerr"


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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 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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A GERMAN REQUIEM by Philip Kerr
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"Though not as elaborately horrifying as Bernie's first two adventures, this one, lacking the Reich as automatic villain, is even bleaker—and, in its depressing way, even richer in ironic insight."
Bernhard Gunther, who's aged over ten years since his first appearance in 1936 Berlin—he's now lived through a hellish war and has settled down warily with a wife who's cuckolding him with one of the occupying Americans—is cast as a less witty but equally mordant detective in this postwar tale of murder and political intrigue. Read full book review >

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A FIVE-YEAR PLAN by Philip Kerr
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 1998

"It all makes for a heartlessly accurate, if synthetic, copy of Leonard at his most disarming—and leaves you wondering just how many more voices Kerr has up his sleeve."
Versatile Kerr, last spotted scaling the Himalaya in search of hominids and a CIA zealot (Esau, 1997), heads into Elmore Leonard territory in this amusingly overplotted thriller. 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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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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PRAGUE FATALE by Philip Kerr
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 12, 2012

"Bernie's voice—ironic, mordantly funny, inimitable—reflects a world-weary journey. Still—and this is the entertaining heart of the matter—readers are never permitted to forget that survival is his religion."
Good cop and confirmed Nazi-hater Bernie Gunther (Field Gray, 2011, etc.) lands in the middle of a homicidal riddle. Read full book review >

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A MAN WITHOUT BREATH by Philip Kerr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 16, 2013

"Kerr masterfully explores morality's shadowy gray edge."
Kerr (Field Gray, 2011, etc.) offers his eighth Bernie Gunther mystery. Read full book review >

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THE SECOND ANGEL by Philip Kerr
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 1999

Unpredictable Kerr's latest (A Five-Year Plan, p. 287, etc.) is a wildly ambitious space opera set in a future grimly colored by the specter of an AIDS-like virus. Read full book review >

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ESAU by Philip Kerr
Released: April 1, 1997

An electrifying discovery in the high Himalayas sends a group of scientists—complete with the requisite bad apple— scurrying for traces of the missing link between ape and man. Read full book review >

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A QUIET FLAME by Philip Kerr
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 19, 2009

"Warts and all—Kerr makes little attempt to hide them—Bernie Gunther (The One from the Other, 2006, etc.) remains endearing, entertaining and eminently forgivable."
Hitler is history, but Bernie Gunther, the SS guy with a heart of gold, is alive and well, and chasing dirty rats in Argentina. 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 >