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A Quiet Flame

(Bernie Gunther #5)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  4,745 ratings  ·  379 reviews
Philip Kerr returns with his best-loved character, Bernie Gunther, in the fifth novel in what is now a series: a tight, twisting, compelling thriller that is firmly rooted in history.

A Quiet Flame opens in 1950. Falsely fingered a war criminal, Bernie Gunther has booked passage to Buenos Aires, lured, like the Nazis whose company he has always despised, by promises of a ne
Unknown Binding, 368 pages
Published March 1st 2008 by Quercus Books
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Chrissa Vasileiou
Jul 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-crime
Λυπάμαι ειλικρινά που δεν είχα διαβάσει ως τώρα κάποιο βιβλίο του Philip Kerr και δεν είχα γνωρίσει τον ντετέκτιβ Μπέρνχαρτ Γκούντερ...Ευτυχώς,ποτέ δεν είναι αργά και έγινε η αρχή!

Έχουν προηγηθεί άλλα 4 ή 5 βιβλία από αυτό(τα οποία ΕΝΝΟΕΙΤΑΙ έχω προσθέσει στη λίστα μου)και δεν μπορώ να συγκρίνω εκείνα με αυτό που διάβασα,αν όμως ακολουθείται το ίδιο μοτίβο -πράγμα που πιστεύω πως γίνεται- τότε μιλάμε για συλλογή διαμαντιών!
Ο Kerr στη "Φλόγα που σιγοκαίει" κατορθώνει να συνδυάσει αριστοτεχνικά τη
Maria Bikaki

Καλημερούδια και χρόνια πολλά σε όλους!!! Τι πιο ωραίο να ξεκινάω την εβδομάδα μου έχοντας να κάνω κριτική σε ένα βιβλίο που με συντρόφευσε αυτό το Σαβ/κο και κυρίως σε ένα συγγραφέα που η γνωριμία μας ξεκίνησε με τη μορφή κεραυνοβόλου έρωτα στη Μοιραία Πράγα και μετά τη Φλόγα που σιγοκαίει τείνει να μετατραπεί σε ειλικρινή και απεριόριστη αγάπη. Δηλώνω λάτρης των αστυνομικών μυθιστορημάτων αν και τα είχα αφήσει λίγο στην άκρη τελευταία όμως πραγματικά όμως πραγματικά ο Φίλιπ Κερρ και ο ήρωας Μπ
Jan 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Είμαστε στο 1950 κι ο Μπέρνι βρίσκεται στην Αργεντινή. Ο αρχηγός της τοπικής αστυνομίας του ζητά να βοηθήσει στη διαλεύκανση της δολοφονίας μιας έφηβης. Τα στοιχεία θυμίζουν πολύ έντονα 2 υποθέσεις που είχε αναλάβει στο παρελθόν ως ντετέκτιβ στο Βερολίνο, οι οποίες παραμένουν άλυτες. Υπάρχει η υποψία ότι ο δολοφόνος είναι ένας από τους Ναζί που "διέφυγαν" στην Αργεντινή.
Η ιστορία κινείται σε 2 χρόνους παράλληλα•στο τώρα και στο Βερολίνο πριν τον ΒΠΠ. Ο Μπέρνι κυνηγά φαντάσματα του παρελθόντος κ
Sep 25, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: black-as-night
Book 5: Bernie Gunther Goes To Argentina (and meets the rich and infamous along the way)

So Bernie's fifth outing followed quickly on the heels of the very excellent return to form of The One from the Other and ended up being the worst of the lot (so far.) This was a direct sequel to the fourth book, the only time that elapsed was the journey across the Atlantic, with Bernie arriving in Buenos Aires alongside his bunk mate Nazi War Criminal Eichmann in the opening chapter. This time he is investi
Sep 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4,5/5 - αλλά δεν μπορώ να βάλω 5. Σπουδαίο όμως, θα το πρότεινα σε όλους.
Nov 11, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I finished 'The One from the Other' (Bernie Günther #4), having also loved the original Berlin trilogy, I wondered if Philip Kerr could keep the extraordinary level of quality going. Sadly, the answer is no. 'A Quiet Flame' (Bernie Günther #5) is fine, just not up to the sky high levels of the previous two novels ('A German Requiem' and 'The One from the Other').

'A Quiet Flame' (Bernie Günther #5) feels as though it was written with less care and attention than the previous four books. The
Aug 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Those who love Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett
Recommended to Lawyer by: Goodreads Group Pulp Fiction Who introduced me to Bernie Gunther in the Berlin Noir Trilogy
A Quiet Flame: Memories Die Hard

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First Edition, Quercus, London, UK, 2008

"All Germans carry an image of Adolph Hitler inside them," I said. "Even ones like me, who hated Hitler and everything he stood for. This face with its tousled hair and postage-stamp mustache haunts us all now and forevermore and, like a quiet flame that can never be extinguished, burns itself into our souls. The Nazis used to talk of a thousand -year empire. But sometimes I think that because of what we did, the name of G
Πάνος Τουρλής
Το 1950, ο Μπέρνχαρντ Γκούντερ, έχοντας δραπετεύσει από το ρωσικό στρατόπεδο συγκέντρωσης όπου ήταν φυλακισμένος, αναγκάζεται να καταφύγει με ψεύτικο όνομα στην Αργεντινή. Μιας που δήλωσε γιατρός, ο ίδιος ο Χουάν Περόν θέλησε να τον δει κι έτσι αναγκάστηκε να αποκαλύψει την πραγματική του ταυτότητα, μπλέκοντας έτσι σε μια συναρπαστική περιπέτεια, μιας και ο αστυνόμος Μονταλμπάν τον ρίχνει σε μια υπόθεση δολοφονίας και εξαφάνισης.

Έχοντας πάψει από την αρχή σχεδόν να ψάχνω με ποια σειρά πρέπει να
Lila Dimaki
Jun 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Απολαυστικός Μπέρνι!φλεγματικός,κυνικός και ευαισθητος!Ενας λατρεμενος λογοτεχνικος ηρωας.
Infada Spain
Sep 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Mar 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I got this as a giveaway and I'm glad I did because how did Philip Kerr slip under my thriller radar?
Our protagonist here is a private detective by the name of Bernie Gunther, an ex-cop with a wise-cracking, sarcastic sense of humor. It took a little while but once I saw what his personality was like I got more into the book.
An old case from Berlin turns around and bites Bernie in the ass years later in Argentina. The story was interesting and well-written with believable twists and set at a goo
Artemis Slipknot
May 19, 2016 rated it liked it
Αν και μου αρεσει παρα πολυ ο συγγραφεας και ο ηρωας του, σε αυτο το βιβλιο δεν ενθουσιαστηκα. Θεωρω οτι ειναι κατωτερο τον αλλο δυο που εχω διαβασει, χωρις ομως να σημαινει οτι ειναι κακο. Εχοντας διαβασει την τριλογια του Βερολινου τα αλλα φαινονται "λιγα", αν και ειναι αρκετα καλα αν ξεχασεις για λιγο ποιος ειναι ο συγγραφεας και τι αλλο εχει γραψει.
Επισης το lavart εχει μια συνεντευξη του philip kerr για οσους ενδιαφερονται.
Oct 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a retired History teacher I can only wish that I had known about this amazing series of 'Berlin Noir' Bernie Gunther novels, whilst I was still in post, developing young minds, and opening them to the wonders of historical fiction that is both informative (historically accurate) and that really does illuminate the past in such convincing fashion.

" All Germans carry an image of Adolf Hitler inside them...... Even the ones like me who hated Hitler and all the things he stood for. That face, wi
Feb 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery-thriller
This is the fifth Bernie Gunther novel. Bernie is an ex-Berlin police detective, ex-PI and ex-member of Himmler’s SS – the last reluctantly. (Bernie was given an offer he couldn’t refuse, but you’ll have to read the series for that story). He is also a very likeable protagonist, reminiscent of Chandler’s Philip Marlowe, even with his Nazi past. In the series the reader meets historical figures and the author chronicles historical events while Bernie solves crimes during these turbulent times.

Brad Lyerla
Oct 06, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't read Bernie Gunther novels for any purpose other than to have fun. But A QUIET FLAME introduced me to a new subject, the persecution of Jews by the Peronist government of Argentina. It is a sobering subject, which remains controversial and incompletely documented to this day.

In A QUIET FLAME, Bernie has escaped to Argentina to avoid prosecution for his activities as an SS officer during the war. While in Argentina, he is drafted by the local authorities to investigate the disappearance
Vasilis Kalandaridis
Oct 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Μ'αυτό το βιβλίο ο Kerr στο μυαλό μου,από ένας καλός γραφιάς περνάει πλέον σε αγαπημένος,σε δικός μου συγγραφέας.Κι ο Bernie Günther προσπαθεί λυσσαλέα να χωθεί ανάμεσα στο Salvo Montalbano και στο Harry Hole.Αυτά.
Maria Altiki
Jun 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Καταπληκτικό βιβλίο με απίστευτα ανατριχιαστικό υλικό. Ο Κερ έκανε άλλη μια φορά το θαύμα του και έκανε γνωστό ένα ακόμα τρομακτικό κομμάτι της ναζιστικής ιστορίας. Βερολίνο 1932 και Μπουένος Άιρες 1950. Ο αντισημιτισμός σε Γερμανία αλλά και σε Αργεντινή. Για μένα το καλύτερο βιβλίο της χρονιάς!
Grant S
Nov 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having read three of Kerr's Bernie Gunther novels before I felt very confident I was going to enjoy 'A Quiet Flame'.
It lived up to expectations. Not quite as good as 'Prague Fatale' by the same author but I can't see that being topped.
This time the story is split between the hunt for a child killer in Berlin in 1932 and the search for a missing teen in Buenos Aires eighteen years later.
Gunther is hiding out in Argentina like a lot of his ex-SS colleagues and is roped into working for the secret
Apr 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: in-my-library
Μου άρεσε πολύ! Πολυ ενδιαφέρουσα ιστορία, ισως η καλύτερη του ετσι κι αλλιώς αγαπημένου Γκούντερ. Δυσκολευόμουν πολύ να το αφήσω από τα χέρια μου, αγωνιούσα σχεδόν για το παρακάτω, πολύ ατμοσφαιρικό, με πολλά αντικρουομενα συναισθήματα.
Θα μπορούσα να του είχα βάλει και πεντε αστεράκια αλλά δε μου άρεσε πολύ η γλώσσα, τα "γαλλικά", είμαι λιγάκι συντηρητική σε αυτά....
Rowland Pasaribu
Aug 02, 2010 rated it liked it
A Quiet Flame begins with Bernie Gunther -- familiar from the excellent Berlin Noir-trilogy, as well as The One from the Other -- arriving in Argentina in 1950, smuggled out (along with Adolf Eichmann) by the Nazi-resettlement service, ODESSA. His cover is that he is a doctor, but he spills the beans early on, admitting to Juan Perón (whom he meets shortly after his arrival) that he was, in fact, a cop and detective. His reputation precedes him, and he is immediately lured to work for the secret ...more
Dec 31, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Bernie Gunther
Another tale of Bernie Gunther and as it happens it seems I am reading the series backwards, which does not matter to much as the books can be read in any sequence and are easy to pick up and read as stand alone.

Bernie Gunther arrives in Argentina of the Perones after having escaped Europe with the help of ODESSA, the organisation aimed at helping Nazis escape Europe after the war. As always mr. Kerr does write about some episodes in and around the WWII that are interesting and not all that well
Donald Luther
Jun 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
When I was a kid, I read a number of book series, as did, I suspect, a lot of pre-adolescents then. I read through the 'Tom Corbett, Space Cadet' series (no relation to aptly described Governor of my former home of Pennsylvania), which my brother seemed to enjoy much more than I did; and I went through 'Rick Brandt', as well. This one I thoroughly enjoyed. It was a kind of techno-mystery series of kids.

Now I'm almost through the Bernhard Gunther series (one title left) and I'm genuinely pleased
Nov 27, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: German-o-philes, lovers of film noir, crime fans
I hate to say it but Philip Kerr has lost his touch. His trilogy "Berlin Noir" stood out for it Raymond Chandler-esque prose. It was tough, hard boiled, and super interesting becaues of the peak behind the scenes setting of Nazi era Germany. But this latest one... I don't know what to say. Its as if he read this fascinating book on Nazis in Argentina and tried to put a mystery into it but really just wanted to tell us what he had researched. There was no tension, no snap, no cynical hard boiled ...more
David Lowther
Nov 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
What can I say that hasn't already been said about this superb series? Bernie is on top form in a tale split between 1932 Berlin and 1950 Buenos Aires. There's plenty of action and the usual heavy dose of sarcasm, cynicism and humour. (A good thing, given the darkness of the plot.)

David Lowther. Author of The Blue Pencil, Liberating Belsen, Two Families at War and The Summer of '39, all published by Sacristy Press.
Apr 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is now 1950 and Argentina is welcoming Nazi war criminals who are eager to get away from the war crime hunters. They arrive hiding behind new names with a Latin twist and find jobs created for them by the group who ushers them into Buenos Aires. Bernie Gunther arrives as Dr. Carlos Hausner and is quickly snatched up by the head of police in Buenos Aires who studied in Germany before the war and was there when Bernie captured Gorrmann, a highly publicized case at the time. Bernie was Colonel M ...more
Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Philip Kerr doesn't make it easy on the reader. And more power to him for that! What I mean is, I'm reading them in the order of publishing, but from the last two I've read, and what I've seen elsewhere, he has a habit of jumping around with his character Bernie Gunther. During and after the war. So there isn't a chronological progression through the series, I mean.

Let's face it, if anyone can see the lighter side of escaping Nazis fleeing Europe along with Adolf Eichmann after defeat in World W
Alan Mills
Feb 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-crime
At the end of WWII, many Nazi officials found refuge in Argentina. A Quiet Flame begins with Bernard Gunther--a detective (police and private) before the war, an SS officer during the war--leaving the boat with Eichmann and being spirited off to a "safe house." However, rather than being processed along with all of the other German refugees, Gunther is whisked off to a private meeting with Argentine President Peron, and his wife, Evita, who recruit him for a special investigation.

As Gunther purs
Danielle Lafrance
Ouf ! Il en faut du souffle pour suivre Gunther, plus « baveux » que jamais, alors qu'il se retrouve parmi d'ex-membres SS comme lui (!) réfugiés en Argentine en 1950. Juan Perón, pratiquement aussi brutal, tyrannique et antisémite qu'Hitler, s'acoquine volontiers avec de « célèbres » expatriés allemands. Gunther réussit comme toujours à se retrouver dans la soupe chaude, avec quelques belles dames plus ou moins en détresse, et malgré de réels dangers et menaces létales, parvient à sauver sa pea ...more
Aug 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: world-war-2
Bernie Gunther former Berlin Police Commissar, ex-Murder detective, eyewitness to the worse of human nature in one of the worse periods in history. In this book it's after the war and he is in Argentina, it goes back and forth between two time periods Berlin 1932 and Argentina 1950. He's investigation a murder in one and a disappearance in the other. While the two cases are related I feel it's more a vehicle for the author's didactic exploration of the causes for the rise of fascism in both coun ...more
Neal Wilson
Oct 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Some of the best historical mystery fiction out there. I understand one last book is expected from the late Mr. Kerr. I will certainly be adding it and his others to my reading list. Great characters, great descriptions in the first person narrative, the stories transport you back to some places you would not otherwise visit.
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Philip Kerr was a British author. He was best known for his Bernie Gunther series of 13 historical thrillers and a children's series, Children of the Lamp, under the name P.B. Kerr.

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