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October 19-21, 2018 

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It is with sadness that we have learned of the passing of Philip Kerr. Here is a brief article from The Guardian concerning his death.
Philip Kerr
Author of  Bernie Gunther novels 

His death on Friday was confirmed by his publisher. Tributes poured in on social media for the award-winning author who penned a series of historical thrillers set in Germany during the second world war and cold war.

Ian Rankin tweeted: "Numbed by the news that Philip Kerr has died. His Bernie Gunther novels are extraordinary, a mix of great storytelling and brilliant research, with a believable (a)moral hero."

Kerr, who wrote more than 30 books, including 12 Bernie Gunther novels as well as standalone thrillers and non-fiction, was married to fellow novelist Jane Thynne, with whom he had three children.

His wife wrote on Twitter: "RIP beloved Philip Kerr. Creator of the wonderful #BernieGunther. Genius writer and adored father and husband. 1956-2018."

Kerr's publisher Quercus Books said: "We are very sad to have lost Philip Kerr today, a wonderful man and a great author. We are thinking of @janethynne and all his family, friends and colleagues at this difficult time."

Edinburgh-born Kerr studied law at the University of Birmingham before working as a copywriter at a number of advertising agencies including Saatchi & Saatchi. He is said to have spent much of his time in the job researching an idea for a book about a Berlin-based policeman. 

Following several trips to Germany his first novel,  March Violets , was published in 1989 and Bernie Gunther was born.

Kerr went on to trace the career of the tough-talking detective from 1930s Berlin through the horrors of the Third Reich, into the post-war era and to the cold war.

He also wrote the Scott Mason novels and a number children's books under the name P.B. Kerr including the Children of the Lamp series.