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March Violets by Philip Kerr
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This noir mystery is set in 1930s Berlin and follows the adventures of private detective and former policeman Gunther. He takes on a job to retrieve a stolen priceless necklace after its owner—a tycoon's daughter—and her husband are murdered.

As expected for noir, the story was pretty grim, and the plot satisfyingly complex. When corruption and violence are everywhere, Gunther has his hands full deciding who he can trust and how much he can get away with.

I don't know how historically accurate the setting was, but I found the background descriptions atmospheric and appropriately gritty. Although I enjoyed the prose, at times it was distractingly florid.

I see this is the first book in a series. I expect I'll have a look at the sequel, but not soon: I feel like I've had enough of noir to last me for quite a while.
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January 19, 2020 – Shelved
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