Philip Kerr RIP

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Philip Kerr RIP

Postby Ranking Ted » 23 Mar 2018, 22:29

Novelist and creator of the Bernie Gunther series. Loved those books, brilliantly researched WW2 era hard boiled gumshoe novels. Other stand alone entertainments as well. Only 62. What a shame, RIP.

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Re: Philip Kerr RIP

Postby Jimbo » 23 Mar 2018, 22:47

Ranking Ted wrote:Novelist and creator of the Bernie Gunther series. Loved those books, brilliantly researched WW2 era hard boiled gumshoe novels. Other stand alone entertainments as well. Only 62. What a shame, RIP.


Aw too bad. Loved the Bernie Gunther series. Did you ever read one of his outside that series? He wrote one about the abominable snowman. I bought it because of his name. Kerr might have been the guy to introduce the word "yeti" into the west but the book was no Bernie Gunther.
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Re: Philip Kerr RIP

Postby Ranking Ted » 23 Mar 2018, 23:12

That was Esau, I think. It wasn’t great but the high tech Michael Crichton like GridIron and A Philosophical Investigation were really enjoyable (when I read them in the 90s). But it’s the Gunther books that will be his legacy.

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Re: Philip Kerr RIP

Postby Copehead » 24 Mar 2018, 03:08

Just started reading these books and 4 in now so a shame to hear he has died young
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Re: Philip Kerr RIP

Postby caramba » 24 Mar 2018, 08:27

Bummer. PK was one of my favourite writers and his 13th - now sadly presumably final - BG novel, Greeks Bearing Gifts, is out
on April 3.

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Re: Philip Kerr RIP

Postby Jimbo » 24 Mar 2018, 15:19

caramba wrote:Bummer. PK was one of my favourite writers and his 13th - now sadly presumably final - BG novel, Greeks Bearing Gifts, is out on April 3.


I'm on it! :D erm, :cry:
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Re: Philip Kerr RIP

Postby The Modernist » 24 Mar 2018, 18:14

Count me in as a fan, I've read three or four.
It took me a while to get used to the Chandleresque hard-boiled way in which Gunther was written ( and it's still my least favourite aspect of the novels if I'm honest) but they are brilliantly plotted, thought-provoking novels. RIP

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Re: Philip Kerr RIP

Postby Darkness_Fish » 24 Mar 2018, 20:51

I've read a few and enjoyed them an awful lot, it's just a shame the last one (If The Dead Rise Not) was so poor it put me off picking any more up for quite some time. 62 is very young in this day and age, most authors are just hitting their stride by then.
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Re: Philip Kerr RIP

Postby caramba » 25 Mar 2018, 10:48

Disappointingly little about this on the web. Would imagine that will be rectified with obits in tomorrow's so called quality press in the UK.

Did, however, read that in addition to the book (Greeks Bearing Gifts) Ncoming out next week, PK had completed the first draft of a 14th and one would imagine final BG book assuming it ever comes out

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Re: Philip Kerr RIP

Postby Insouciant Western People » 27 Mar 2018, 14:59

I was really saddened to hear he'd died, I like the Bernie Gunther novels enormously. In fact I'm hard pushed to think of any series of books I've enjoyed more in a very long time.

I liked this quotation from a New York Times interview a couple of years ago, it really chimed with my own thoughts:

"I don't like chick lit. Chick noir. I hate fantasy. Religion I avoid like a plague. I don't like imitation Tolkien. The genre I most avoid is the self-consciously Literary Novel. Issue-driven fiction sucks. If I want a sermon, I'll watch the BBC. I tend to avoid even thinking about genre. I just want a good book".
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Re: Philip Kerr RIP

Postby Ray K. » 04 Apr 2018, 16:15

Damn.... just started A German Requiem actually.

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Re: Philip Kerr RIP

Postby caramba » 05 Apr 2018, 09:41

PK's publishers or Amazon don't seem to be mourning too hard - the UK£12.99 cost of the kindle of Greeks Bearing Gifts is 8p more than the UK£12.91 cost of the hardback

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Re: Philip Kerr RIP

Postby Jimbo » 05 Apr 2018, 10:54

caramba wrote:PK's publishers or Amazon don't seem to be mourning too hard - the UK£12.99 cost of the kindle of Greeks Bearing Gifts is 8p more than the UK£12.91 cost of the hardback


I just checked and it's available on Audible and so will be next month's choice.
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