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A Quiet Flame (Bernie Gunther #5)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  3,786 Ratings  ·  320 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
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
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.
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
Rowland Bismark
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
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!
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
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
Judith Johnson
Jun 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't put this book down - and read it in a weekend, but I'm not sure how many more of these books I can take. They are very well-written, but so, so dark. Of course I wouldn't expect anything dealing with Nazi German history to be light, but it always takes me some time to get over reading a Bernie Gunther story. Not quite as merciless as Cormac McCarthy (beautiful writer but have had to stop reading him!), but even so. I still have two volumes of historian Richard Evans' magnificent trilo ...more
Some books are never meant to be happy. Although in a Crime novel the outcome, most of the time, provides a solution to a crime, and brings a criminal to justice, but often it also leaves the reader with sadness. Either connected to a character, or to the general atmosphere created by the book. A QUIET FLAME by Phillip Kerr left me sad, and on both the counts of character and atmosphere. The book dealt with a theme which was dark from the very beginning. A case involving disappearance of missing ...more
Mark O'Neill
Jan 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I just LOVE Philip Kerr's books! I love Bernie Gunther, I love Kerr's dry wit, his observations on life, his plots, his sub-plots, his other characters, and the endless witty comments. Whenever the story starts, you get sucked in like a vacuum cleaner and you are swept along, powerless to fight back. I don't normally pay full price for a book but with Kerr, I lose the will to argue with myself - it's pointless. My wallet falls out my pocket and I am paying for the book before I know what is happ ...more
Feb 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
This series is about Bernie Gunther, a cop in 1930s-40's Berlin who was never a Nazi, always doing what he could from the inside to thwart their efforts. This 5th book is set in Buenos Aires, in 1950, when Evita Peron and her husband gave safe haven, and new identities, to between 5,000 and 8,000 Nazi war criminals, including Goebbels, Himmler, and Mengele (the guy doing medical experiments at Auschwitz.

(In an earlier book, Bernie quit the force and has become a private investigator.)

From a Wal
Sep 24, 2009 rated it liked it
Perhaps the weakest Bernie Gunther mystery to date. The flashback style felt especially forced, for some reason. A few good lines, but once again, the web that ensnares Bernie just seems far too convoluted. Maybe I'm just not subtle enough, but the long range goal seems so unlikely in hindsight that it bugs me.

In this one, Bernie has just got off the boat in Argentina, where he was bound at the end of the previous book. He meets the Perons, both Evita and Juan, gets involved in counter spying on
Dec 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Really enjoying finding this series. The hard-boiled Bernie Gunther is a great character - all the classic PI types - a drinking, womanising, alpha with a heart of gold, without feeling like a cliche. This one is set in Argentina, where Gunther has joined the Nazi exodus after WW2 after being falsely accused of being a nasty Nazi (as opposed to 'just' one who had served in the SS). With a timeslip back to a case in 1932, just before the Nazis took power, and which may be linked to one in Buenos ...more
Dec 23, 2013 rated it liked it
Philip Kerr is my guilty pleasure. As much as I deplore the reliance on World War II for literary inspiration, I usually have a Philip Kerr Bernie Gunther novel open on my e-reader as a respite from heavier literary fiction. .With this novel, however, Kerr seems to have succumbed to what I have termed the "Quincy Syndrome." "Quincy M. E." was a television series (1976-83) about a medical examiner who investigated deaths that usually involved murder. As the series went on, Quincy's monologues on ...more
Steve Betz
Jul 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
This book is the latest installment of Kerr's German detective, Bernie Gunther. The Gunther stories began with Kerr’s excellent “Berlin Noir” – which is a collection of three mystery stories set at different points in Bernie’s life (starting from the early 1930s and going through the end of WWII). Now, as a German trying to make his way through the Third Reich, Bernie’s got some tough choices to make – and they're not always good ones. He’s a wise-cracking former policeman who’s fond of booze an ...more
Jan 23, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009, own, reread
A Quiet Flame, the sequel to The One from the Ohter finds hard-boiled German detective Bernie Gunther in postwar Argentina, where he's fled because of a case of mistaken identity. He's asked to investigate the murder of a young girl which appears suspiciously similar to a killing that Bernie once investigated in Berlin in 1932. In the course of his investigation, Bernie discovers that life in Argentina isn't as carefree as he's assumed.

In alternating chapters set in Buenos Aires in 1950 and Berl
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
Apr 11, 2016 rated it liked it
Not a bad book but certanly not on the same level like the Berlin Noir trilogy.

The characters are not all made up, some of them I have searched on the internet and I was amazed by their road in life. And how you could get away with a lot of things when you have a lot of valuable information.

But I wasn`t thrilled because this wasn`t much of a crime book and the so called investigation had a quite disappointing ending for me.

Still, there are some interesting aspects that I could find and those mad
Mar 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Αριστοτεχνική πλοκή με πολλές εκπλήξεις στο τέλος του βιβλίου.
Η ιστορία είναι μεταξύ του Βερολίνου της Ναζιστικής Γερμανίας και του Μπουένος Άιρες του Περόν.
Ο ντεντέκτιβ Γκούντερ ανακαλύπτει όλο και περισσότερα κοινά ανάμεσα στα 2 καθεστώτα.
Ιστορικά το βιβλίο αγγίζει την αποδοχή κα ενσωμάτωση των εκληματιών πολέμου Ναζί των Ες Ες απο την Αργεντινή όταν όλος ο υπόλοιπος κόσμος τους έψαχνε με τις κρεμάλες έτοιμες.
Απολαυστικό βιβλίο!
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