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A Quiet Flame by Philip Kerr

A Quiet Flame

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BERNIE GUNTHER - a German cop who has moved from the Nazi 1930s to the post-war period, with mixed loyalties but a strong sense of duty which often gets him into trouble. A QUIET FLAME was his 5th outing and IF THE DEAD RISE NOT appears next in September.

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Bernie Gunther returns this time finding himself on a journey to South America where not only refugees from the Second World War have fled but also the Nazi’s trying to evade capture for their crimes. Kerr creates an atmosphere of the old Noir classics and Gunther is an old fashioned cop you know is on the side of what is right. Kerr produces great characters and interesting plotlines, adding in real life characters to give a very authentic feel to the storyline.

Bernie Gunther series:
1. March Violets (1989)
2. The Pale Criminal (1990)
3. A German Requiem (1991)
4. The One From the Other (2006)

5. A Quiet Flame (2009)

If you like Philip Kerr you might also like to read books by Alan Furst, Chris Petit and Simon Tolkien.

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A Quiet Flame by Philip Kerr

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?

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 Peróns.


‘‘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

‘Cogently plotted odyssey.... cracking stuff’ The Times

‘One of the great achievements of contemporary crime fiction…powerful and impressive’ Observer

About the Author

Philip Kerr was born in Edinburgh in 1956, and lives in London. He is the author of March Violets, The Pale Criminal, A German Requiem, A Philosophical Investigation, and Dead Meat. He has also edited two anthologies. In 2011 Philip Kerr was shortlisted for the CWA Dagger in the Library, awarded to an author for a body of work.

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A German cop who has moved from the Nazi 1930s to the post-war period, with mixed loyalties but a strong sense of duty which often gets him into trouble. A QUIET FLAME was his 5th outing and IF THE DEAD RISE NOT appeared next in September 2009.

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2nd October 2008


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Quercus Publishing Plc


448 pages


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As well as winning awards for their books Quercus also won Small Publisher of the Year at the British Book Industry Awards and the PLUS New Company fo the Year in the Fast Growth Business Awards.

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