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by Philip Kerr

  • ISBN: 1847243568
  • Category: Thrillers and Suspense
  • Subcategory: Suspense and Obscurity
  • Author: Philip Kerr
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Quercus; First Edition edition (2008)
  • Pages: 368
  • ePub book: 1670 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1904 kb
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  • Rating: 4.8
  • Votes: 591


Philip Kerr’s excellent 2008 novel, A Quiet Flame, takes up this theme again.

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A Quiet Flame is the 5th book in Philip Kerr's terrific "Bernie Gunther" Berlin noir .

Then I drove to the house in Arenales, where von Bader and the colonel were waiting for me.

A Quiet Flame opens in 1950.

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Philip Ballantyne Kerr (22 February 1956 – 23 March 2018) was a British author, best known for his Bernie Gunther series of historical detective thrillers.


Gholbithris Gholbithris
In 1960, the notorious Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann was seized by agents from the Mossad and Shin Bet and rushed to Israel, where he stood trial and was executed two years later. If Americans had somehow been ignorant of the presence in South America of Nazi criminals before Eichmann’s kidnapping, they were no longer. In the 1970s, two bestselling novels, The Odessa File and The Marathon Man, both made into popular films, brought the theme into high relief once again, focusing on Dr. Josef Mengele and other fugitive criminals. But all this high-profile exposure barely hinted at the large number of former SS officers, Vichy French officials, Italian fascists, and East European Nazi collaborators who escaped to Argentina, Paraguay, Brazil, Chile, Uruguay, and Bolivia. Many of these men were wanted because they had participated actively in what the Nazis so cruelly called “The Final Solution.”

A later fictional treatment

Philip Kerr’s excellent 2008 novel, A Quiet Flame, takes up this theme again. Set in Argentina in 1950, with flashbacks to the backstory in Germany in 1932-33, Kerr’s Berlin detective Bernie Gunther, finds himself caught up in the wave of former SS officers who were still flooding into Argentina. One of his shipmates is Eichmann. Once in Buenos Aires, Gunther is befriended by the head of Argentine military intelligence, who explains that Gunther is one of his heroes for his extraordinary detective work in Berlin in the early 1930s. To Gunther’s amazement, the hero-worshipping spy chief takes him directly to meet Juan Peron in the presidential palace. There, he is pressed into service to locate a missing teenage girl, the daughter of a wealthy expatriate German who is somehow important to Peron. The case, which turns out to be vastly more complicated and dangerous than Gunther had been warned, leads him to the doorstep of dozens of fugitive Nazis. Among those whose names are well known to this day are Eichmann, Mengele, and Otto Skorzeny, the SS officer who rescued Benito Mussolini from Italian partisans.

Explosive revelations

To reveal the astonishing facts that come to light in the course of Bernie Gunther’s investigation would spoil the novel for future readers. Suffice it to say that I was taken aback by what he learns about Argentine history, about Juan Peron, and about the Nazis who populate the novel. The story is grounded in historical fact. Both in Argentina and in the flashbacks to Germany, Gunther encounters many historical figures, from Josef Goebbels to Evita Peron, and his portrayals of them ring true. As the author explains, much of his novel is based on The Real Odessa, a book by the Argentine researcher Uki Goni that brought to light much of what we know about Nazis in Argentina.

About the author

British novelist Philip Kerr has written dozens of novels, including twelve that feature the brilliant detective Bernie Gunther as well as a number of books for children.
Ishnjurus Ishnjurus
I have reviewed other Bernie Gunther novels elsewhere. I'll only say that this is another good one, and that if you like mysteries and 20th century history like me, you will enjoy every one of these books. Start with Berlin Noir and read,on. You will have many days of happy reading ahead of you.
Eseve Eseve
A dark story about evil in dark times. Nevertheless, it is a compelling story, and one whose very possibility is frightening. The saving grace is the pragmatically moral detective Bernie Gunther. Circumstances from earlier stories send Bernie to Buenos Aires with a new identity, where his detective skills get him involved with the Perons. His war experiences give him access to his former military compatriots... and the story that follows is intriguing. Best read by those with some knowledge of WWII Naziism and a modicum of Peronist Argentine history. I'm now off to do some real research into those times, myself. Fiction as a gateway to history--works for me!
Arith Arith
Kerr's fifth Bernie Gunther novel picks up where The One from the Other: A Bernie Gunther Novel left off - Gunther fleeing post-war Germany for Argentina. The story bounces back and forth between Buenos Aires in 1950 where Gunther is hired to investigate a missing persons case and 1932 Berlin where a series of gruesome murders went unsolved, but which have an eerie similarity to murders of young women in Argentina.

The story becomes considerably more complicated as Gunther, looking for a common thread in both cases, begins to run into fellow Germans who have fled to South America to avoid being tried for war crimes. The way in which Gunther's initial investigation becomes broader, more sinister and more dangerous makes for riveting reading. The whodunnit is suprising, if not a little anti-climactic, and well tied together, but I can't give the book 5 stars. Gunther's interpersonal relationship, while important to the development of the plot seemed a little forced, and the way in which Kerr addressed the romantic entaglement simply didnt' ring true for me.

Still, the Bernie Gunther series is excellent, and Kerr writes about the attitudes of Germans after the war with both sensativity and brutal honesty. As Gunther reflects on his past, "I blame the Communists for calling a general strike in November, 1932 ... I blame Hindenberg ... I blame six million unemployed ... for wanting a job at any price, even if it meant Hitler's price ... I blame the army ... I blame von Schleicher ... I blame Goebbels and I blame all the rich businessmen ... I blame the Spartakists and I blame the Freicorps. I blame the Great War. ... But most of all I blame myself ... for doing nothing." As if Bernie Gunther wasn't a compelling enough reason to read the series, the connection and relation between Nazis and South American fascists in _A Quiet Flame_ makes for fantistic (if dark) reading. A recommended series.