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A Quiet Flame

By Philip Kerr

A Quiet Flame
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  • Hardcover: Mar 2009,
    400 pages.
    Paperback: Feb 2010,
    416 pages.

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A tight, twisting, compelling thriller that is firmly rooted in history

Anyone who's read the movie listings during the last few months knows that World War II and the Holocaust have recently been popular subjects for serious films. Obviously, many of us are still struggling to make sense of what happened and trying to make certain that these events don't fade into the past where they become merely a part of history, among so many other half-forgotten horrors. Philip Kerr's Bernie Gunther series, which began in the summer of 1936 with March Violets and now continues with its fifth entry, A Quiet Flame, takes us to the Buenos Aires of 1950 and, in the novelistic version of flashbacks, Germany in 1932, bringing us the perspective of a German policeman turned private detective, a man who is still working to understand what happened to his country, his friends and colleagues, and himself.

When we left him, in 2006's The One From the ...

If the Dead Rise Not, the next in the Bernie Gunther series, publishes in the US on March 18, 2010.

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