A Quiet Flame by Philip Kerr
(Bernie Gunther Novels)

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Bernie Gunther returns to trail a serial killer in 1950's Buenos Aires

When he introduced Bernie Gunther in the original Berlin Noir trilogy, Philip Kerr immediately established himself as a thriller writer on par with Raymond Chandler. His new Bernie Gunther novels have won him comparisons with Alan Furst, John le Carré, and Graham Greene. A Quiet Flame finds Gunther in Argentina, circa 1950, where he- falsely accused of Nazi war crimes-has been offered a new life and a clean passport by the Perón government. But the tough, fast-talking detective doesn't have the luxury of laying low when a serial killer- whose crimes may reach back to Berlin before the war-is mutilating young girls. Taut, gritty, and loaded with evocative historical detail, A Quiet Flame is among Kerr's best work yet.

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Philip Kerr is the author of many novels, but perhaps most important are the five featuring Bernie Gunther—A Quiet Flame, The One from the Other, and the Berlin Noir trilogy (March Violets, The Pale Criminal, and A German Requiem). He lives in London and Cornwall, England, with his family.
Published February 11, 2009 by Penguin Books. 412 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Romance, Erotica. Fiction

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Hitler is history, but Bernie Gunther, the SS guy with a heart of gold, is alive and well, and chasing dirty rats in Argentina.

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The Bernie Gunther series continues in, "A Quiet Flame".Kerr's books are most strongly redolent of Raymond Chandler (tone, dialogue, characters)and now of James Elroy in its macabre violence (quite similar to "Black Dahlia").In this installment, Detective Bernie Gunther is on-the-run in Peronist ...

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A Quiet Flame, which moves from Germany in 1932-3, in the tense months either side of Hitler's coming to power, to post-war Argentina, a refuge for Nazi war criminals, is an accomplished, smoothly professional mystery, but lacks something of the sharp authenticity of those early Gunther books.

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Kerr MORE ON MOSTLYFICTION: Philip Kerr Partial Bibliography: Bernie Gunther Berlin Noir Books: March Violets (1989) The Pale Criminal (1990) A German Requiem (1991) The One from the Other (September 2006) A Quiet Flame (March 2009) Field Gray (April 2011)

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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...

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