A Quiet Flame (Paperback)
March 2009 Indie Next List
“The second Bernie Gunter novel after a 15 year absence finds the former Berlin detective in 1950 Buenos Aires, a city full of corruption, terrorism and a large community of escaped Germans. Falsely accused of war crimes before leaving Germany, Bernie is called upon to help solve a crime similar to one of his old, unsolved cases. Phillip Kerr is top notch.”
— Sue Richardson, Maine Coast Book Shop, Inc., Damariscotta, ME
Bernie Gunther returns to trail a serial killer in 1950's Buenos Aires
When he introduced Bernie Gunther in the original Berlin Noir trilogy, Philip Kerr immediately established himself as a thriller writer on par with Raymond Chandler. His new Bernie Gunther novels have won him comparisons with Alan Furst, John le CarrE, and Graham Greene. "A Quiet Flame" finds Gunther in Argentina, circa 1950, where he- falsely accused of Nazi war crimes-has been offered a new life and a clean passport by the PerOn government. But the tough, fast-talking detective doesn't have the luxury of laying low when a serial killer- whose crimes may reach back to Berlin before the war-is mutilating young girls. Taut, gritty, and loaded with evocative historical detail, "A Quiet Flame" is among Kerr's best work yet.
About the Author
Philip Kerr, a former advertising copywriter, is the bestselling author of more than twenty books, including the Bernie Gunther series and several stand-alone thrillers. In 2009, Philip won the Ellis Peters Historical Award and Spain's RBA International Prize for Crime Writing. He divides his time between London and Cornwall, England.