Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Other Sellers on Amazon
+ $3.99 shipping
+ $3.99 shipping
+ $3.99 shipping
A Quiet Flame: A Bernie Gunther Novel Paperback – February 23, 2010
|New from||Used from|
The Amazon Book Review
Author interviews, book reviews, editors picks, and more. Read it now
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. At the start of Kerr's stellar fifth Bernie Gunther novel (after The One from the Other), the former Berlin homicide detective seeks exile in Argentina in 1950, along with others connected to the Nazi past (one of his fellow ship passengers is Adolf Eichmann). A few weeks after Gunther arrives in Buenos Aires, a local policeman, Colonel Montalbán, asks his help in solving the savage murder of 15-year-old Grete Wohlauf. Montalbán has noticed similarities between this crime and two unsolved murders Gunther investigated in 1932 Germany. Another teenage girl's disappearance heightens the urgency of the inquiry. In exchange for free medical treatment for his just diagnosed thyroid cancer, Gunther agrees to subtly grill members of the large German community. A secret he stumbles on soon places his life in jeopardy. Kerr, who's demonstrated his versatility with high-quality entries in other genres, cleverly and plausibly grafts history onto a fast-paced thriller plot. (Mar.)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Browse award-winning titles. See more
Top customer reviews
The local secret police recruits him, on the surface for a case of a murder which looks like the repetition of a case that Gunther had been unable to solve in Berlin in 1932. The real reason is something else, possibly related to the police wish to know more about all the German fugitives... In addition, he accepts a 'pro bono' job as a private eye for a woman who he falls for. Of course the cases are all interrelated. And there are the Peróns angling for Nazi money in Swiss banks...
My problem with Kerr is that I like his plots and his suspense build up, but I tend to lose interest about two thirds through, when the path towards solutions brings too many twists and turns and complexities. I don't believe the story any more and drop out...
There is a general problem when fictional tales involve historical people. The story about the Peróns and their Nazi entanglements looks possible, but I would rather read a historical account about it. The story about an Argentine concentration camp for Jews looks possible, but Kerr himself says in the epilogue that no proof has been found. Too close to conspiracy theories for my taste.
His protagonist Bernie Gunter is a totally believable portrait of a likeable, decent, hard hitting character with a long past.
Kerrs books are an in depth three dimensional study of a decent man in a very indecent world.
A flawed, embittered, wise cracking hard drinking hard smoking and gritty character who has taken some of the harder edges of life on the chin and still stands firm for his beliefs.
Read These Books, they will take you to a and time place described in an authentic tactile style that leaves you wanting more.
This is Noir at it's very best ... No This is not just Noir, this is literature.
The book seamlessly incorporates a wealth of local information and topography about 1950s Argentina and historical events around the accession to power of Adolf Hitler in Berlin. The writing is excellent, the plot line gratifyingly complicated but never unresolved, and the characters well drawn and believable even when attached to real historical figures. I unreservedly recommend this volume to Bernie Gunther fans, and the whole series to new readers of Kerr’s work.