A Quiet Flame

A Quiet Flame

Book - 2010
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British novelist Kerr's fifth Bernie Gunther thriller finds the German private detective in 1950 Argentina, where he has fled with other "Old Comrades" after his identity was compromised (see "The One from the Other"). Bernie's past as a police officer involuntarily absorbed into the SS continues to dog his heels. Recognized by Colonel Montalban of Juan Peron's secret police, he is forced into investigating an apparent lust murder and the disappearance of a wealthy young girl. The first case has eerie similarities to an unsolved homicide that Bernie investigated in Berlin in 1932; the second ties in with an attempt to seize Nazi plunder hidden in Swiss banks. But the situation becomes complicated as the detective risks his life to track down and interrogate several ex-Nazis involved in nefarious deeds. -- Library Journal
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2010
ISBN: 9780143116486
Branch Call Number: FIC Kerr, P 100 2010
Characteristics: 389, 11 pages ; 20 cm


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" Eva Peron died from cancer, july 26, 1952, at the age of 33. General dr. hans Kammler was a n engineer, and was #3 in the SSand in charge of all Nazi missile projects. He disappeared in may 1945 and was taken to the U.S. as part of the Paperclip program. He is perhaps the highest ranking Nazi war criminal that people have never heard of." "huge quantities of Nazi loot fell under the control of the Perons. Four of the trustees of the money were murdered between 1949 and 1952." "Adolph Eichmann was kidnapped from Argentina in May 1960, and executed on May 31, 1962."

Dec 10, 2016

(The fifth book in the Bernie Gunther series)

Aug 16, 2012

The 1950 episode of the Bernie Gunther series, which surprisingly seems the most grim yet. Bernie crosses paths with more figures from real history (e.g., the Perons) but this story actually takes you back in his history as a police officer in Berlin prior to the first book. A good read if you're a fan, but don't start the series with this one!

Feb 04, 2011

I liked this one. it comes just before the one i started with when Bernie is in Cuba and gets dragged back to Germany. This is good because he is investigating a nasty murderer who is repeating his during the war murders in Argentina 1950. And he finds nasty secrets of the Argentinian secret service and how they killed Jews too.


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