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A Quiet Flame : Bernie Gunther Thriller 5

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'One of the greatest anti-heroes ever written' LEE CHILD

Posing 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?
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Product details

  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 130 x 197 x 27mm | 284g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1847245587
  • 9781847245588
  • 53,536

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Kerr brilliantly evokes the edgy atmosphere of the post-war period in one of the most gripping and accomplished detective novels published this year - Sunday Times Sunday Times
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'The scope and breadth of Philip Kerr's historical research, and the subtle complexity of plot structure, are worthy of Le Carre. The fast-paced, crack-a-minute delivery smacks of Chandler. The comparisons are inevitable, but Kerr parries the plaudits with ease' Irish Examiner. Cogently plotted odyssey....cracking stuff - The Times * The Times * One of the great achievements of contemporary crime fiction...powerful and impressive - Observer * Observer * Kerr brilliantly evokes the edgy atmosphere of the post-war period in one of the most gripping and accomplished detective novels published this year - Sunday Times * Sunday Times *
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About Philip Kerr

Philip Kerr has written over thirty books of which the best-known are the internationally renowned and bestselling Bernie Gunther series. The sixth book in the series, If the Dead Rise Not, won the CWA Historical Dagger. His other works include several standalone thrillers, non-fiction and an acclaimed series for younger readers, The Children of the Lamp. Philip died in March 2018, days before the publication of his 13th Bernie Gunther thriller, Greeks Bearing Gifts. He was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature shortly before his death.
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5,366 ratings
4.15 out of 5 stars
5 36% (1,950)
4 46% (2,456)
3 15% (823)
2 2% (98)
1 1% (39)

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Bernie Gunther goes to Argentina in this novel, and he soon finds himself in hot water with not only his escaped Nazi (criminal) colleagues, but also the Peron regime! The 'disappeared' of Peron's Argentina is a mirror of the Berlin that Bernie has left, and plot races along in breakneck speed, and Bernie trying to escape the torture, being thrown from planes(apparently a favourite way of 'disappearing' people who asked too many questions!) Now that Bernie is wise to how criminals of all countries operate, the reader is swept along hoping that justice will somehow prevail!I highly recommend this book to people who wish to know more about the decade after WW11, and how the fleeing Nazi criminals, taking their ill-gotten riches with them, (mostly) were able to enjoy living sumptuous lives at the expense of those that they had murdered.Riveting read!! Again, Vale, Philip Kerr!!show more
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