• The Lady From Zagreb
  • Prayer
  • A Man Without Breath
  • Prague Fatale
  • Field Gray
  • If The Dead Rise Not
  • A Quiet Flame
  • The One From The Other
  • Berlin Noir
  • Hitlers Peace
  • A Philosophical Investigation
A Quiet Flame

Buenos Aires, 1950: After being falsely accused of war crimes, Bernie Gunther—like the Nazis he has always despised—has been offered a new life and a clean passport by the Péron government. But the tough, fast-talking ex-Berlin detective doesn’t have the luxury of laying low. The local police pressure Bernie into taking on a case in which a girl has turned up gruesomely mutilated. What’s more, her murder just might be linked to a missing German banker’s daughter and a long-unsolved case Bernie worked back in Berlin before the war. After all, the scum of the earth has been washing up on Argentine shores—state-licensed murderers and torturers—so why couldn’t a serial killer be among them?

Mailing List

Reviews

One of the Best Mystery Books of 2009
Los Angeles Times
Philip Kerr gets an enthusiastic thumbs-up for A Quiet Flame, the fifth book featuring his cynical Berlin P.I. Bernie Gunther, this time set in early 1950s Argentina, when Eva Perón glittered brightly and Nazis hid in plain sight.
Sarah Weinman, LATimes.com
The Bernie Gunther novels are first-class, as stylish as Chandler and as emotionally resonant as the best of Ross Macdonald. A Quiet Flame is a strong, haunting entry in the series.
George Pelecanos
Warts and all—Kerr makes little attempt to hide them—Bernie Gunther remains endearing, entertaining and eminently forgivable.
Kirkus Reviews
Authentic period detail, biting wit, sparkling metaphors, and an engaging character whose moral ambiguity places him in perilous situations make this a read to savor. Fans of the earlier series titles will love the extended sections that re-create the grimly decadent atmosphere of the last days of the Weimar Republic. Highly recommended.
Library Journal
Stellar... Kerr, who’s demonstrated his versatility with high-quality entries in other genres, cleverly and plausibly grafts history onto a fast-paced thriller plot.
Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Kerr makes the best of both locales, bringing both Juan and Eva Peron into the Argentina segments, but it’s in the flashbacks, returning to the sublimely decadent Weimar era, that the idea of a German Philip Marlowe really fits best, and Kerr works it masterfully. But the climax in Argentina is a doozy, too, drawing on historical data about what Nazi sympathizers there may have been up to and finishing with a rhetorical flourish that evokes both Casablanca and Matthew Arnold’s ‘Dover Beach.’ A bit bifurcated, maybe, but a treat through either lens.
Booklist (starred review, upfront)
The series' crowning achievement to date, and, quite possibly, the book Kerr has been working toward for two decades…. Eschewing the didactic in favor of embedding the lessons of this monstrous time in history through the prism of the classic entertainment trope of a wisecracking, archly ironic private detective has served British author Philip Kerr extremely well since the three novels that constitute his "Berlin Noir" trilogy first appeared, between 1989 and 1991. In roughly the same number of pages, "Berlin Noir" does exactly the opposite of "The Kindly Ones"—examining the Holocaust through the prism of what transpired before and after—and, as a result, the trilogy (and two subsequent sequels) stands a better chance of literary permanence…. But Kerr doesn't drown in the crud of mass evil and never forgets he has a smaller, more accessible story to tell. Nor, however, does he forget that careful balance of entertainment and education strikes notes that are dissonant but decay with long-lasting resonance.
Sarah Weinman, LATimes.com
A superb post-WWII investigative thriller
Harriet Klausner, Mystery-Gazette (online)
Every time we’re afraid we’ve seen the last of Bernie Gunther, Philip Kerr comes through with another unnerving adventure for his morally conflicted hero.
Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review