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A Quiet Flame

By Philip Kerr

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Format: Paperback, 448 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 01 September 2008
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 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.

About the Author

Philip Kerr was born in Edinburgh and went on to study at the University of Birmingham. He has written three other Bernie Gunther books and a book for children, entitled Children of the Lamp. He lives in London and Cornwall.

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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 TimesCogently plotted odyssey...cracking stuff - The TimesOne of the great achievements of contemporary crime fiction...powerful and impressive - Observer

EAN: 9781847245588
ISBN: 1847245587
Publisher: Quercus Publishing
Dimensions: 19.7 x 13 x 2.7 centimetres (0.22 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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This is my first Philip Kerr book, which I read after a recommendation from the ABC's First Tuesday Book Club. I was not disappointed, this is an excellent book.

The book goes back and forth between Argentina in 1950 and Berlin in 1932. Reading about the rise of Hitler humanised Germany for me but also saddened me to hear how Argentina accepted so many war criminals. The story twists around but is ultimately satisfying.

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