Summary

Posing as an escaping Nazi war criminal, Bernie Gunther, Berlin's hardest-boiled private eye, arrives in Buenos Aires. When he reveals his real identity to the local chief of police, he 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. Circumstances lead the chief of police to suppose that the murderer may be one of several thousand ex-Nazis who have fetched up in Argentina since 1945.
Reluctantly, Gunther agrees to help find the murderer, and discovers much more than he, or they, bargained for.
©2008 Philip Kerr (P)2008 Isis Publishing Ltd
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"I love Bernie Gunther. If he was an accountant in Pinner and not an ex-cop-turned-private-investigator mixed up in the dangerous Nazi subculture of 1930s Berlin, falling foul of the Gestapo, being driven to secret meetings with Goering, I'd probably still love him." (Sue Arnold, Guardian)
"Kerr is an unlikely genius." ( Daily Mirror)
"Kerr brilliantly evokes the edgy atmosphere of the post-war period." ( Sunday Times)
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5 out of 5 stars
By chris on 18-03-09

Another great Bernie Gunther thriller

A Quiet Flame is skilfully done - weaving 1950's Buenos Aires with an unsolved murder from Berlin in 1932 almost seamlessly.

What appears to be a simple case turns out to be anything but; twist is piled upon twist, and Gunther unwraps layer after layer until the final shocking revelation is revealed.

And at the heart of the story once again is Bernie Gunther - this time under a new guise and living in South America - but up against old adversaries and uncovering murky secrets from the past. Once again, this is peopled with real personalities - Juan and Evita Peron, Adolf Eichmann, Joseph Mengele etc. - and blends fiction with conjecture based upon historical fact. Kerr breaths life convincingly into his characters and settings - and the history is seriously well done.
Brilliant narration again by Jeff Harding.
Note that this is the 5th in the series and should be listened to after the preceding four.

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5 out of 5 stars
By sue les on 21-04-18

Really good story

Narrated well, in a lazy gruff style that I felt really suited the story which is at times violently graphic. Bernie’s character is full of surprises and then there’s the history that puts the story into perspective. Some reviews I read before buying this book were not so good. I could easily have missed a great audio book.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Andreea Catana on 17-04-18

I don't know what took me so long to

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

return to Philip Kerr's Bernie Gunther. I LOVED IT!!! the story and the reading of this book are just as it should be. Philip Kerr is one of the greatest detective noir writers. Long Live Bernie Gunther!

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4 out of 5 stars
By Clive Byerley on 16-05-16

Excellent Evocation of Peron's Argentina. Gunther rides again!

The brilliant interpretation we have come to expect; flawless characterisation and fluid and fluent reading. Gunther stumbles on to the truth with chaos and danger all around him. A welcome change of scene with fascist Argentina and the many Nazi war criminals in hiding there. Vintage Kerr and brilliant Jeff Harding!

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