Bernie Gunther is the central character in a series of historical mystery/thriller novels by British novelist Philip Kerr. Bernie fought on the Turkish Front during World War I and was a cop before becoming a private eye in Berlin before World War II. His business is heating up due to the rise of the Nazi Party, even though he’s not making any friends with those in power.

The Bernie Gunther series began in 1989 with March Violets. The series would take a lengthy hiatus after A German Requiem in 1991. The series would resume in 2006 with The One from the Other. The series is currently ongoing. Below is a list of Philip Kerr’s Bernie Gunther books in order of when they were originally published (which is also their chronological order):

Publication Order of Bernie Gunther Books


March Violets(1989) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Pale Criminal(1990) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A German Requiem(1991) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The One from the Other(2006) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Quiet Flame(2008) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
If the Dead Rise Not(2009) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Field Gray(2010) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Prague Fatale(2011) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Man Without Breath(2013) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Lady from Zagreb(2015) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

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  • Gilles62

    The chronology of the novels does not match the order in which they were published. Some novels jump many years back and forth from chapter to chapter while others are more linear and span a few weeks to a few months.

    Here’s the chronology according to Wikipedia (the number at the end indicates the order in which they were published):
    Field Grey. Flashbacks to 1934 Berlin, the main action is in 1954 Havana (7)
    If The Dead Rise Not. 1934 Berlin and 1954 Havana (6)
    March Violets. set in 1936 Berlin (1)
    The Pale Criminal. set in 1938 Berlin (2)
    Prague Fatale. set in 1941 (8)
    The Lady From Zagreb. set in 1942 (10)
    A Man Without Breath. set in 1943, Katyn, Poland (9)
    A German Requiem. set in 1946 Vienna (3)
    The One From the Other. set in 1949 (4)
    A Quiet Flame. set in 1950 Juan and Eva Peron’s Argentina (5)

    • Norris Battin

      Thanks. Very helpful.