Philip Kerr Profile and Books

Philip Kerr was born in Edinburgh in 1956 and is famous for his Bernie Gunther series of novels set during and after WWII. He has also written non-fiction and children’s books.

Kerr studied law and worked in advertising but was a bit of a drifter until he developed a love for the city of Berlin and developed the character of Bernie Gunther, a Berlin policeman in 1936. His first novel – March Violets, was published in 1989 and Kerr moved to full-time writing shortly after its publication.

Kerr lived in Wimbledon in London with his wife – novelist Jane Thynne and their three children – William, Charlie and Naomi.

Philip Kerr died on 23 March 2018 from cancer aged only 62.


Novels and other publications:

Bernie Gunther series:

Scott Manson series:

  • January Window (#1) (2014)
  • The Hand of God (#2) (2015)
  • False Nine (#3) (2015)

Stand-alone novels:

  • A Philosophical Investigation (1992)
  • Dead Meat (1993)
  • Gridiron (US The Grid) (1995)
  • Esau (1996)
  • A Five Year Plan (1997)
  • The Second Angel (1998)
  • The Shot (1999)
  • Dark Matter: The Private Life of Sir Isaac Newton (2002)
  • Hitler’s Peace (2005)
  • Prayer (2013)
  • Research (2014)
  • The Most Frightening Story Ever Told (2016)


  • The Penguin Book of Lies (1991)
  • The Penguin Book of Fights, Feuds and Heartfelt Hatreds: An Anthology of Antipathy (1992)

Children’s fiction (as P.B. Kerr)

Children of the Lamp:

  • The Akhenaten Adventure (2004)
  • The Blue Djinn of Babylon (2005)
  • The Cobra King of Kathmandu (2006)
  • The Day of the Djinn Warriors (2007)
  • The Eye of the Forest (2009)
  • The Five Fakirs of Faizabad (2010)
  • The Grave Robbers of Genghis Khan (2011)

Stand-alone children’s fiction:

  • One Small Step (2008)


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