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)Description / Buy at
The Pale Criminal(1990)Description / Buy at
A German Requiem(1991)Description / Buy at
The One from the Other(2006)Description / Buy at
A Quiet Flame(2008)Description / Buy at
Field Gray(2010)Description / Buy at
If The Dead Rise Not(2010)Description / Buy at
Prague Fatale(2011)Description / Buy at
A Man Without Breath(2013)Description / Buy at
The Lady from Zagreb(2015)Description / Buy at
The Other Side of Silence(2016)Description / Buy at
Prussian Blue(2017)Description / Buy at
Greeks Bearing Gifts(2018)Description / Buy at
Metropolis(2019)Description / Buy at

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3 Responses to “Order of Bernie Gunther Books”

  1. jimbobadger: 5 years ago

    I believe the final novel is “Metropolis”, published in 2019.
    Philip Kerr died in March, 2018.


  2. Gilles62: 9 years ago

    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: 9 years ago

      Thanks. Very helpful.


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