Black Berlin Series

Original title: La trilogie berlinoise

Publication Date:

September 2021



Original language and publisher

French | Les Arènes

Territories Sold

Dutch (Scratchbooks)


Graphic Novels & Comics

Black Berlin Series

Original title: La trilogie berlinoise


Philip Kerr’s international best-seller is finally a graphic novel and it’s got everything: dialogues, characters, atmosphere!

A retro adaptation of a timeless masterpiece.

Book 1: The Summer of Broken Glass (L’été de cristal)

Berlin, 1936. Germany is in the grip of the Nazis, and an unusual detective investigates a wave of mysterious disappearances.

Berlin is getting ready for the 1936 Olympics

It is 1936 and the Nazis have been in power for three years. Germany’s bustling capital, Berlin, is preparing to host the summer Olympics, but a series of disturbing disappearances threatens to spoil the party. Initially targeting the Jewish community but then slowly engulfing prominent figures, these disappearances worry the Nazis. When the daughter of steel baron Hermann Six is murdered, her father hires inspector Bernard Gunther, a brilliant former police detective who fell from grace during the Third Reich.

The anti-hero detective

Irreverent and confrontational, alcoholic detective ‘Bernie’ finds himself in the middle of a conspiracy involving the highest echelons of the Nazi party: Göring, Heydrich, Himmler, the SS and the Gestapo. From the gilded halls of the Third Reich to Dachau concentration camp, it will take all of Bernie Gunther’s smooth talking (and his mighty right hook) to escape this nest of vipers where anything goes. The summer of broken glass, the first book in the Berlin Noir trilogy, immerses us in 1930s Berlin with gripping, compelling realism.

Marketing Information

  • Initial print run: 12,000 copies