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Philip Kerr

UK flag (1956 - 2018)
Husband of Jane Thynne

aka P B Kerr

Born in Edinburgh, Kerr was educated there and at a grammar school in Northampton. He studied law at the University of Birmingham from 1974 to 1980, eventually gaining a master's degree. Kerr worked as an advertising copywriter for Saatchi and Saatchi before becoming a full-time writer in 1989. A writer of both adult fiction and non-fiction, he was known for the Bernie Gunther series of thrillers set during the Weimar Republic, World War II and the Cold War. He also wrote children's books under the name P.B. Kerr, including the Children of the Lamp series.

Genres: Thriller, Mystery, Children's Fiction, Young Adult Fiction, Historical, Historical Mystery
Anthologies edited
Barry Awards Best British Crime Novel winner (2010) : If the Dead Rise Not
Edgar Awards Best Novel nominee (2016) : The Lady from Zagreb
Barry Awards Best Novel nominee (2018) : Prussian Blue
Edgar Awards Best Novel nominee (2018) : Prussian Blue
Barry Awards Best Novel nominee (2020) : Metropolis

Philip Kerr recommends
Payback (1991)
Russell James
"A first-class story of London gangland, told with a considerable amount of panache."
The Button Man (2014)
(Hugo Marston, book 4)
Mark Pryor
"Mark Pryor is one of the smartest new writers on the block."
The Heat of Betrayal (2015)
Douglas Kennedy
"The best book about Morocco since The Sheltering Sky. Completely absorbing and atmospheric."
The Decent Inn of Death (2020)
(John Madden, book 6)
Rennie Airth
"Rennie Airth is one of the best detective writers around,"

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