A Quiet Flame
Bernie Gunther Mystery 5
By (author) Philip Kerr
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Quiet Flame by Philip Kerr
Book DescriptionPosing as an escaping Nazi war-criminal Bernie Gunther arrives in Buenos Aires and, having revealed his real identity to the local chief of police, discovers that his reputation as a detective goes before him. A young girl has been murdered in peculiarly gruesome circumstances that strongly resemble Bernie's final case as a homicide detective with the Berlin police. A case he had failed to solve. Circumstances lead the chief of police in Buenos Aires to suppose that the murderer may be one of several thousand ex Nazis who have fetched up in Argentina since 1945. And, therefore, who better than Bernie Gunther to help him track that murderer down? Redolent with atmosphere, this novel ends up asking some highly provocative questions about the true extent of Argentina's Nazi collaboration and anti-semitism under the Perons.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781847245588
(197mm x 130mm x 27mm)
Imprint: Quercus Publishing
Publisher: Quercus Publishing
Publish Date: 2-Oct-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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US Kirkus Review » Hitler is history, but Bernie Gunther, the SS guy with a heart of gold, is alive and well, and chasing dirty rats in Argentina.World War II didn't quite go the way it was supposed to - the Third Reich having lasted noticeably less than 1,000 years - but the Nazis are still in there pitching. The setting has shifted to Argentina, that happy haven for Adolf Eichmann, Josef Mengele and the like-minded. From this hate-mongering group, exempt steel-shelled, mushy-hearted Bernhard Gunther, famous once as the policeman Berlin's malefactors loved to hate. True enough, Bernie eventually left the force to put in some obligatory time among the goose-steppers, but what's a man to do when he's a born survivalist? The SS or the concentration camps (Auschwitz, Treblinka, etc.) were the sole choices available even to an iconic sleuth whose case-cracking record had long been the stuff of headlines. " 'You were a hero of mine,' " says Colonel Montalban, Argentina's top cop, as Bernie modestly averts his eyes. Bernie senses that what Montalban has planned for him will seriously interfere with his own plans. Having arrived in Argentina the hard way - consider an unpleasant detour to a Russian prison camp - Bernie now regards himself as a noncombatant. Just find this missing German girl for me, says Montalban, adding reassuringly that it's the kind of case Bernie has always excelled at. But somehow Bernie is not reassured, since over Montalban's siren song, he hears another kind of rhythm - the sound of jackboots marching toward him.Warts and all - Kerr makes little attempt to hide them - Bernie Gunther (The One from the Other, 2006, etc.) remains endearing, entertaining and eminently forgivable. (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Philip Kerr
Philip Kerr is the author of ten internationally bestselling Bernie Gunther novels. If the Dead Rise Not won the CWA Ellis Peters Award for Best Historical Novel. His other books include several stand-alone thrillers and acclaimed series for children. He lives in south-west London.
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