Field Gray: A Bernie Gunther Novel by Philip KerrField Gray: A Bernie Gunther Novel by Philip Kerr

Field Gray: A Bernie Gunther Novel

byPhilip Kerr

Paperback | February 28, 2012

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This Edgar® Award-nominated novel in Philip Kerr’s New York Times bestselling Bernie Gunther series reveals the cynical, hard-boiled detective’s harrowing history as an unwilling SS officer in World War 2. 

During his eleven years working homicide in Berlin's Kripo, Bernie Gunther learned a thing or two about evil. Then he set himself up as a private detective—until 1940 when Heydrich dragooned him into the SS's field gray uniform and the bloodbath that was the Eastern Front. Spanning twenty-five tumultuous years, Field Gray strides across the killing fields of Europe, landing Bernie in a divided Germany at the height of the Cold War—revealing a treacherous world where the ends justify the means and no one can be trusted...
Philip Kerr is the New York Times bestselling author of the acclaimed Bernie Gunther novels, two of which—Field Gray and The Lady from Zagreb—were finalists for the Edgar® Award for Best Novel. Kerr has also won several Shamus Awards and the British Crime Writers’ Association Ellis Peters Award for Historical Crime Fiction. As P. B. Ke...
Title:Field Gray: A Bernie Gunther NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:464 pages, 7.7 × 5.1 × 0.77 inPublished:February 28, 2012Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0143120727

ISBN - 13:9780143120728


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Gunther the POW Kerr's Bernie Gunther is one of my favorite characters in crime fiction, but this novel is less about crime and more about espionage and the horrible conditions of both the Russian and German POW camps of World War II. It is 1954 and Gunther makes to leave Cuba where he has been hiding for a few years (and where he was for the last novel, If the Dead Rise Not). While on a boat, he is arrested by the American Coast Guard, and thus begins a trip that includes being held and interrogated by both the American and French forces. During his imprisonment, he recalls the years before, during and after the war and, in particular, his "relationship" with Erich Mielke. It seems both the French and Americans want Mielke and they use Gunther to acquire the high ranking German communist. The book is at times confusing as everyone and their dog (including Gunther) are deep into the business of the double crossing master spy. Kerr's description of the POW's camp was disturbing (in a good way), but Kerr is a better mystery/crime writer than he is a John LeCarre.
Date published: 2017-03-18

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Philip Kerr and the Bernie Gunther Novels “A brilliantly innovative thriller writer.”—Salman Rushdie   “Philip Kerr is the only bona fide heir to Raymond Chandler.”—   “In terms of narrative, plot, pace and characterization, Kerr’s in a league with John le Carré.”—The Washington Post   “Every time we’re afraid we’ve seen the last of Bernie Gunther, Philip Kerr comes through with another unnerving adventure for his morally conflicted hero.”—Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review   “Just as youth is wasted on the young, history is wasted on historians. It ought to be the exclusive property of novelists—but only if they are as clever and knowledgeable as Philip Kerr.”—Chicago Tribune   “Kerr quantum leaps the limitations of genre fiction. Most thrillers insult your intelligence; his assault your ignorance.”—Esquire “A richly satisfying mystery, one that evokes the noir sensibilities of Raymond Chandler and Ross Macdonald while breaking important new ground of its own.”—Los Angeles Times   “Part of the allure of these novels is that Bernie is such an interesting creation, a Chandleresque knight errant caught in insane historical surroundings. Bernie walks down streets so mean that nobody can stay alive and remain truly clean.”—John Powers, Fresh Air (NPR)   “The Bernie Gunther novels are first-class, as stylish as Chandler and as emotionally resonant as the best of Ross Macdonald.”—George Pelecanos   “Kerr’s stylish noir writing makes every page a joy to read.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)