Doris Gercke

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Doris Gercke
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Doris Gercke at a reading of one of her novels, 2007
Born (1937-02-07) 7 February 1937 (age 80)
Other names Mary-Jo Morell
Occupation Novelist
Years active 1988–present
Known for the creation of the fictional detective Bella Block
Notable work Weinschröter, du mußt hängen

Doris Gercke (born 7 February 1937 in Greifswald) is an award-winning German writer of crime thrillers. She also works under the nom de plume Mary-Jo Morell.


Born to a working-class family, Doris Gercke's family could not afford higher education for her, so she became an administrator at the age of 16. Married at 20, she had her second child at the age of 22, and gave up working to be a full-time homemaker and mother. In 1980 Gercke finally fulfilled her dream of studying law, funded by a scholarship. However, she never practiced, and wrote her first novel in 1988.

Gercke identifies with the political left and is connected with pacifism and the struggle against neo-fascism and communism. She takes part in political marches and demonstrations. She also participates in the UZ-Pressefesten (loosely, "Media Festivals") of the German Communist Party.[1]

Doris Gercke lives in Hamburg.


  • 1991 Martin Beck Award for: Du skrattade, du ska dö.
  • 2000 Glauser Prize of the Association of German-language thriller authors – For lifetime achievement in the service of German thrillers


Mysteries in the Bella Block series (also filmed):


  1. ^ Unsere Zeit, 2 February 2007, S. 13

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