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Nazi Germany and the Holocaust in Historical Crime Fiction
‘What’s One More Murder?’

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ISBN 9781032423005
June 30, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
264 Pages

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Book Description

This book is the first book-length academic study of historical crime fiction that explores Nazi Germany and the Holocaust and their legacies. It discusses novels written by five authors: David Downing, Philip Kerr, Luke McCallin, Joseph Kanon and David Thomas. Their work belongs to a sub-genre of the historical crime novel that has emerged since the late 1980s to become a significant body of writing located at the intersection of crime fiction and Holocaust Literature. The readings of these novels offered explore questions of form and genre to ask how popular fiction might approach the Holocaust. Themes of resistance and complicity and the relationship between them, problems of guilt and responsibility are also discussed. It also explores questions of justice to show how these novels explore social and moral justice, and vengeance and revenge, as alternatives to ordinary legal justice after the Holocaust.

Table of Contents



1. David Downing: Station Series 1: ‘Ordinary Germans Doing Ordinary Things’

2. David Downing: Station Series 2: ‘Did the Germans do this, or just the Nazis?’

3. Philip Kerr: Bernie Gunther Novels 1-9: ‘But What’s One More Murder?’

4. Philip Kerr: Bernie Gunther Novels 10-14: ‘There’s no human justice that could ever be enough’

5. Luke McCallin: Gregor Reinhardt Trilogy: ‘Something To Come Back To’

6. Joseph Kanon: Alibi: ‘The Wicked and the Merely Acquiescent’

7. Joseph Kanon: The Accomplice: ‘It’s Not Justice, But It’s Something’

8. David Thomas: Ostland: ‘That "Only Obeying Orders" Shit.’



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Anthony Lake has taught at universities in his native United Kingdom, Turkey, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates and China. He is currently Visiting Lecturer in English and American Literature at the University or Roehampton. He has published articles on a number of authors including Joseph Kanon and Philip Kerr.