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Metropolis

(2019)
(Book 14 in the Bernie Gunther series)
A novel by

 
 
New York Times best-selling author Philip Kerr treats listeners to his beloved hero's origins, exploring Bernie Gunther's first weeks on Berlin's Murder Squad.

Summer, 1928. Berlin, a city where nothing is verboten.

In the night streets, political gangs wander, looking for fights. Daylight reveals a beleaguered populace barely recovering from the postwar inflation, often jobless, reeling from the reparations imposed by the victors. At central police HQ, the Murder Commission has its hands full. A killer is on the loose, and though he scatters many clues, each is a dead end. It's almost as if he is taunting the cops. Meanwhile, the press is having a field day.

This is what Bernie Gunther finds on his first day with the Murder Commisson. He's been taken on because the people at the top have noticed him - they think he has the makings of a first-rate detective. But not just yet. Right now, he has to listen and learn.

Metropolis, completed just before Philip Kerr's untimely death, is the capstone of a 14-book journey through the life of Kerr's signature character, Bernhard Genther, a sardonic and wisecracking homicide detective caught up in an increasingly Nazified Berlin police department. In many ways, it is Bernie's origin story and, as Kerr's last novel, it is also, alas, his end.

Metropolis is also a tour of a city in chaos: of its seedy sideshows and sex clubs, of the underground gangs that run its rackets, and its bewildered citizens - the lost, the homeless, the abandoned. It is Berlin as it edges toward the new world order that Hitler will soon usher in. And Bernie? He's a quick study, and he's learning a lot. Including, to his chagrin, that when push comes to shove, he isn't much better than the gangsters in doing whatever he must to get what he wants.

Genre: Thriller

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Hardback Editions

April 2019 : USA Hardback
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Title: Metropolis (A Bernie Gunther Novel)
Author(s): Philip Kerr
ISBN: 0-7352-1889-7 / 978-0-7352-1889-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
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April 2019 : UK Hardback
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Title: Metropolis: Bernie Gunther 14
Author(s): Philip Kerr
ISBN: 1-78747-321-X / 978-1-78747-321-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Quercus
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Paperback Editions

October 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: Metropolis: Bernie Gunther 14
Author(s): Philip Kerr
ISBN: 1-78747-322-8 / 978-1-78747-322-5 (UK edition)
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October 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: Metropolis: Bernie Gunther 14
Author(s): Philip Kerr
ISBN: 1-78747-319-8 / 978-1-78747-319-5 (UK edition)
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April 2019 : Paperback
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Title: Metropolis
Author(s): Philip Kerr
ISBN: 1-984882-87-2 / 978-1-984882-87-5
Publisher: Random House Large Print
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April 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: Metropolis
Author(s): Philip Kerr
ISBN: 0-525-54301-5 / 978-0-525-54301-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Penguin LCC US
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April 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: Metropolis: Bernie Gunther 14
Author(s): Philip Kerr
ISBN: 1-78747-320-1 / 978-1-78747-320-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Quercus
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Audio Editions

April 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Metropolis: A Bernie Gunther Novel, Book 14
Author(s): Philip Kerr
Publisher: Penguin Audio
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April 2019 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Metropolis: A Bernie Gunther Novel, Book 14
Author(s): Philip Kerr
Publisher: Penguin Audio
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April 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Metropolis: Bernie Gunther, Book 14
Author(s): Philip Kerr
Publisher: Quercus
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April 2019 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Metropolis: Bernie Gunther, Book 14
Author(s): Philip Kerr
Publisher: Quercus
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April 2019 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Metropolis: Bernie Gunther, Book 14
Author(s): Philip Kerr
Publisher: Quercus
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Kindle Editions

April 2019 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Metropolis (A Bernie Gunther Novel Book 14)
Author(s): Philip Kerr
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
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April 2019 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Metropolis: Bernie Gunther 14
Author(s): Philip Kerr
Publisher: Quercus
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU