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Philip Kerr, Berlin Noir (Penguin, 1994).
Three separate novels published under one cover, all featuring Berlin private detective Bernie Gunther, a former policeman. March Violets, a term for late converts to the Nazi Party, is set in 1936 and finds Gunther investigating missing jewels and two murders that implicate senior Party members. In The Pale Criminal, set in 1938, Gunther runs afoul of Reinhard Heydrich. A German Requiem is set in 1947 Vienna, where Gunther must deal with the war’s aftermath. Kerr’s writing evokes Raymond Chandler, and the noir genre is apt enough for the corrupt, dark world of Nazi Germany. (I haven’t read it yet, but Kerr recently wrote a fourth noir featuring Gunther, The One from the Other.)

Here are reviews and posts from C. Michael Bailey (Blogcritics and also here), Orlando Zepeda (Boldtype), Fredric Smoler, De Scribe, Claire Helene, Ron Rosenbaum (The New York Observer), Rogue, wintermute2_0, Tim Welch and Matt. Nick Rennison recommends it as Berlin reading (scroll down).  See also James Fallows, Mort, and this list from National Geographic’s Traveler.

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