Berlin Noir: March Violets, The Pale Criminal, A German Requiem (Bernie Gunther, 1-3)
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We are experiencing delays with deliveries to many countries, but in most cases local services have now resumed. He has won both the RBA International Prize for Crime Writing, and the CWA Ellis Peters Historic Crime Award. We first meet ex-policeman Bernie Gunther in 1936, in March Violets (a term of derision which original Nazis used to describe late converts. Bernie, 38, is working as a private investigator with offices on Alexanderplatz near the police station. The problem with the daughter is far worse than Bernie could have ever imagined – the kid is seeing the evil and now elderly Max Reles, in fact wants to marry him.
This is the kind of assignment that gives a man a reputation he can’t live down for the rest of his life! As head of Kripo, the Gestapo, and the SD (the Security Police), Reinhard Heydrich was Arthur’s immediate supervisor and a man who had distinguished himself by his ruthless suppression of all dissent during the 1936 Summer Olympics. But then he went freelance, and each case he tackled sucked him further into the grisly excesses of Nazi subculture.What Bernie discovers is far worse than a lone madman: an occult conspiracy at the very heart of the Nazi Party. But this series is full of humor, some of it quite ribald, much of it quite mordant, as you might expect, given that Bernie lives through some pretty ugly times.