A Quiet Flame

A Quiet Flame

A Bernie Gunther Novel

Book - 2009
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Philip Kerr returns with his best-loved character, Bernie Gunther, in the fifth novel in what is now a series: a tight, twisting, compelling thriller that is firmly rooted in history.

A Quiet Flame opens in 1950. Falsely fingered a war criminal, Bernie Gunther has booked passage to Buenos Aires, lured, like the Nazis whose company he has always despised, by promises of a new life and a clean passport from the Perón government. But Bernie doesn't have the luxury of settling into his new home and lying low. He is soon pressured by the local police into taking on a case in which a girl has turned up dead, gruesomely mutilated, and another'the daughter of a wealthy German banker'has gone missing. Both crimes seem to connect to an unsolved case Bernie worked on back in Berlin in 1932. It's not so far-fetched that the cases might be linked: after all, the scum of the earth has been washing up on Argentine shores'state-licensed murderers and torturers'so why couldn't a serial killer be among them?

But Argentina, just like Germany, holds terrible secrets within its corrupt halls of power. When beautiful Anna Yagubsky seeks Gunther out, desperate for help, to find out what happened to her Jewish aunt and uncle who have disappeared, he is drawn into a horror story that rivals everything he has tried so hard to leave behind half a world away.

In this new postwar world, Bernie Gunther is a man without a name or a country, but still in full possession of his conscience. He is ?the right kind of hero for his time'and ours.' (Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review )
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, c2009.
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9780399155307
0399155309
Branch Call Number: KERR P
Characteristics: 389 pages ; 24 cm.

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maipenrai
Dec 10, 2016

(The fifth book in the Bernie Gunther series)

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4ntrvlr
Aug 16, 2012

The 1950 episode of the Bernie Gunther series, which surprisingly seems the most grim yet. Bernie crosses paths with more figures from real history (e.g., the Perons) but this story actually takes you back in his history as a police officer in Berlin prior to the first book. A good read if you're a fan, but don't start the series with this one!

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pask
Feb 04, 2011

I liked this one. it comes just before the one i started with when Bernie is in Cuba and gets dragged back to Germany. This is good because he is investigating a nasty murderer who is repeating his during the war murders in Argentina 1950. And he finds nasty secrets of the Argentinian secret service and how they killed Jews too.

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