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Philip Kerr, R.I.P.: A Bibliography

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The news of novelist Philip Kerr’s death on March 23 from cancer at the young age of 62 came as a blow to the author’s devoted fans across the world. As one of those fans and a reviewer of Kerr’s books for many years, I was shaken by the news, especially as I had only recently finished my review of Kerr’s latest book, Greeks Bearing Gifts, the twelfth in his celebrated Bernie Gunther series, starring the cynical German detective whose storm-tossed career—always on the wrong side of authority—extended from the Weimar Republic, through the nightmare of the Hitler era, and on to his regret-stained postwar years. Kerr wrote across many genres, including historical fiction, stand-alone thrillers, and children’s books, but it is the Gunther novels for which he is most revered. A tough-talking Chandlerian detective, cracking wise in the presence of Göring, Goebbels, Heydrich, and a host of other equally lethal Nazis, was something new in crime fiction when March Violets, the series debut, was published in 1989, but soon enough we came to count on another visit from Bernie every two or three years, and we were never disappointed, as Kerr consistently found new depths of despair to explore in a man who had seen too much of the world at its worst but never lost the ability to turn horror into the blackest of black humor. Before his death, Kerr completed a draft of what will be the final Gunther novel, Metropolis, which is scheduled for publication next year.

Here is a bibliography of Kerr’s work with links to Booklist reviews. In addition, I will devote my Back Page column in the upcoming Mystery Showcase issue of Booklist to further reflection on a writer who will be sorely missed by everyone who cares about crime fiction.

March Violets (1989)*

March Violets The Pale Criminal (1990)*

A German Requiem (1991)*

The Penguin Book of Lies (1990)

A Philosophical Investigation (1992)

The Penguin Book of Fights, Feuds, and Heartfelt Hatreds: An Anthology of Antipathy (1992)

Dead Meat (1993)

The Grid (1995)

Esau (1996)

A Five-Year Plan (1997)

The Second Angel (1998)

The Shot (1999)

Dark Matter: The Private Life of Sir Isaac Newton (2002)

The Akhenaten Adventure (2004)***

Hitler’s Peace (2005)

The Blue Djinn of Babylon (2006)***

The One From the Other (2006)*

The Cobra King of Kathmandu (2007)***

The Day of the Djinn Warriors (2008)***

A Quiet Flame (2008)*

One Small Step (2008)

If The Dead Rise Not (2009)*The blue djinn of babylon

The Eye of the Forest (2009)***

Field Gray (2010)*

The Five Fakirs of Faizabad (2010)***

Prague Fatale (2011)*

The Grave Robbers of Genghis Khan (2011)***

A Man Without Breath (2011)*

Prayer (2013)

The Winter Horses (2014)

January Window (2014)**

Research (2014)

The Lady From Zagreb (2015)*

Hand of God (2015)**

False Nine (2015)**
The Other Side of Silence (2016)*

The Most Frightening Story Ever Told (2016)

Prussian Blue (2017)*

Frederick the Great Detektive (2017)

Greeks Bearing Gifts (2018)*

Metropolis (2019)*

*Bernie Gunther novels
**Scott Manson novels
***Children of the Lamp Series

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After more than 30 years at Booklist, editor and publisher Bill Ott continues to edit the crime fiction section of the magazine and still delights in discovering new hard-boiled writers. Follow him on Twitter at @Booklist_Bill.

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