A Philosophical Investigation

A Philosophical Investigation

by Philip Kerr


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A terrifyingly prescient cult classic by the bestselling author of the Bernie Gunther series. 

“Chilling...absorbing...part techno-thriller, part futuristic detective story, part diary of a serial killer.”—The New York Times Book Review

LONDON, 2013. Serial killings have reached epidemic proportions—even with the widespread government use of DNA detection, brain-imaging, and the “punitive coma.” Beautiful, whip-smart, and driven by demons of her own, Detective Isadora “Jake” Jacowicz must stop a murderer, code-named “Wittgenstein,” who has taken it upon himself to eliminate any man who has tested posi­tive for a tendency towards violent behavior—even if his victim has never committed a crime. He is a killer whose intellectual brilliance is matched only by his homicidal madness.

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ISBN-13: 9780143117537
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/27/2010
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 610,581
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Philip Kerr is the New York Times bestselling author of the acclaimed Bernie Gunther novels, two of which—Field Gray and The Lady from Zagreb—were finalists for the Edgar® Award for Best Novel. Kerr has also won several Shamus Awards and the British Crime Writers’ Association Ellis Peters Award for Historical Crime Fiction. As P. B. Kerr, he is the author of the much-loved young adult fantasy series Children of the Lamp.

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Philosophical Investigation 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
ehines on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The best of Kerr's non-Gunther novels, imo (noting that I've never been able to get very far with the Isaac Newton book). A combination serial killer/science fiction/philosophical novel. The philosophical part is a bit thin, but the rest holds together reasonably well, without the disasters-through-pandering or -imitation that seem common in many of Kerr's other 90s works.
jlparent on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Philosophical murder mystery set slightly in the future (2013) - supposedly there is a DNA test that reveals criminal tendencies and serial killers are rampant - one in particular is killing men before they commit crimes "just in case". A female detective is assigned to catch him. The story is ok, but the long break-ins of philosophical musings really detract from it.
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