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A Quiet Flame: A Bernie Gunther Novel…
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A Quiet Flame: A Bernie Gunther Novel (Bernie Gunther Mystery 5): Bernie… (original 2008; edição 2008)

por Philip Kerr (Autor)

Séries: Bernie Gunther (1950 & 1932⎪5)

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'One of the greatest anti-heroes ever written' LEE CHILD 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?… (mais)
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Título:A Quiet Flame: A Bernie Gunther Novel (Bernie Gunther Mystery 5): Bernie Gunther Thriller 5
Autores:Philip Kerr (Autor)
Informação:Quercus Publishing Plc (2008), Edition: 01, 448 pages
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Quite wide-ranging; linked murders from 1932 Berlin to 1950 Argentina. Works. Some goofy Raymond Chandler hard-boiled-private-eye dialog with beautiful young woman, but still a good handful of very moving vignettes, and wholly satisfying story. (I'm taking a break before moving on to #6.) ( )
  tmph | Sep 13, 2020 |
It's a while since I read any Bernie Gunther, and I'd forgotten - or is this new? - the sub-sub-Chandler hard-boiled 'wit'. When it's good, it's not very good; when it's bad, it's awful.

That off my chest, this is another excellent novel from Philip Kerr. The plot concerns an unsolved murder in pre-war Berlin, linked by identical MO with a new case in 1950 Buenos Aires.

For complicated reasons, Bernie finds himself a refugee, along with Adolf Eichmann et al., in Péroniste Argentina, but the scenes in flashback to pre-war Germany are the best, presenting a heartbreaking portrait of a society in decadent meltdown, as well as serving as a useful backstory for the development of our hero.

I found this book by turns fascinating and exciting, and I thoroughly commend it.

Just crack less wise, Bernie! ( )
  jtck121166 | Jun 9, 2020 |
Even though it is several books into a series it was an easy introduction. The story bookends the series so far, with the main action taking place in 1950 Argentina with flashbacks to the very end of the Weimar days in 1932-33 Germany. The history is very cleverly worked into the story and so it feels almost as if you are reading a first person account of the period rather than a work of fiction. ( )
  jmkemp | Jul 5, 2016 |
A Quiet Flame is the 5th book in Philip Kerr's terrific "Bernie Gunther" Berlin noir series. The stories take place, mostly, in Berlin during the days just before and just after World War II. The first two books were pre-war, post-Nazi takeover Germany. The third was post-war Vienna. The fourth took us back to Germany in the late 40s, with flashbacks to fill in what happened to Gunther during the war. Throughout, Gunther's disgust with all things Nazi, and his ever-present sense of dread and regret, keeps him on thin ice, even while he's working with some of the top level villains of the era, as Kerr is not shy about working famous real-life characters into his fiction. In this fifth installment, it is 1950, and Gunther, falsely accused of being a war criminal, has had to join the large numbers of Nazis in flight to Argentina. Soon, of course, Gunther is involved in crime-solving in Buenes Aires. However, the case soon gives Kerr occasion to provide fascinating flashbacks to Berlin during the final days of the Wiemar Republic, amidst the ever-growing street violence between Nazis and Communists and ever-growing anti-Semitism, as well. History and atmosphere aside, the mystery itself, and the plotting, is very good. I love this series. ( )
1 vote rocketjk | Mar 10, 2016 |
The novel opens with Bernhard Gunther's arrival in 1950 Argentina, in the company of Adolf Eichmann. Eichmann actually plays no part in the plot but seems to be there as a reminder of how many former Nazi's made their way to Argentina after the war. Falsely tagged as a war criminal, Bernie's on his way to Argentina under an assumed name to reap the rewards of the Peron government's promise of a new life. Shortly after arrival, Bernie is recruited by an Argentinian policeman, Colonel Montalban, who as a young man studied law in Berlin and was then fascinated by what he learned of some of Gunther's cases. Now he draws his attention to a murder that in style and method seems to bear a close resemblance to the unsolved murder of a young girl in Berlin in 1932. Is it possible, he suggests, that the man Gunther was looking for then may be among the Nazis now living in Argentina?

A Quiet Flame moves back and forth between Argentina in the fifties and Berlin in 1932 and we become involved in murder investigations by both the 1950s Bernie and the 1932 younger, policeman, Bernie. Both of them adopt a world-weary demeanor to protect themselves. A Quiet Flame offers a disturbing portrait of Juan and Evita Perón, shameless opportunists and exploiters who enriched themselves by taking money from the Nazis who, in turn, stole it from the millions whom they slaughtered.

The book is full of twists and turns, intrigues and revelations, and is a wholly satisfying read. Bernie Gunther is a hard-bitten cop, but his character shines through the book, as he searches for justice for the memory of the dead girls of both countries. It's written with a dazzling style. The author uses the dark and twisted proceedings with a dose of laugh-out-loud black humor and biting sarcasm. Bernie cannot help being a smart ass, even when he is threatened with torture. This novel has fully realized characters, a suspenseful and mesmerizing plot, and even a touch of romance, all blended together seamlessly in a beautiful crafted work of noir fiction. ( )
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'One of the greatest anti-heroes ever written' LEE CHILD 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?

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