March Violets


March Violets
March Violets  
March Violets Book Cover.jpg
The cover of the Penguin Books edition of the novel
Author(s) Philip Kerr
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Series Berlin Noir
Genre(s) Crime, Detective, Mystery novel
Publisher Viking Press, London
Publication date 1989
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages 466 pp (Hardback edition)
ISBN 978-0670824311
OCLC Number 20427383
Dewey Decimal 823/.914 20
LC Classification PR6061.E784 M37 1989
Followed by The Pale Criminal

March Violets is a detective novel and the first written by Philip Kerr featuring detective Bernhard Gunther. Gunther investigates the murder of the daughter of a wealthy industrialist in Berlin as the 1936 Summer Olympics play out in the city. The major themes of the novel include the every-day violence and anti-Semitism of the regime and the inability or unwillingness of ordinary Germans to act in the face of the coming war. (“March violets” were late-comers to the Nazi Party after the passage of Hitler's Enabling Act (rendering him dictator) on March 23, 1933. In May, the Nazi Party froze membership.)


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