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return to Philip Kerr's Bernie Gunther. I LOVED IT!!! the story and the reading of this book are just as it should be. Philip Kerr is one of the greatest detective noir writers. Long Live Bernie Gunther!
The brilliant interpretation we have come to expect; flawless characterisation and fluid and fluent reading. Gunther stumbles on to the truth with chaos and danger all around him. A welcome change of scene with fascist Argentina and the many Nazi war criminals in hiding there. Vintage Kerr and brilliant Jeff Harding!
A Quiet Flame is skilfully done - weaving 1950's Buenos Aires with an unsolved murder from Berlin in 1932 almost seamlessly.
What appears to be a simple case turns out to be anything but; twist is piled upon twist, and Gunther unwraps layer after layer until the final shocking revelation is revealed.
And at the heart of the story once again is Bernie Gunther - this time under a new guise and living in South America - but up against old adversaries and uncovering murky secrets from the past. Once again, this is peopled with real personalities - Juan and Evita Peron, Adolf Eichmann, Joseph Mengele etc. - and blends fiction with conjecture based upon historical fact. Kerr breaths life convincingly into his characters and settings - and the history is seriously well done.
Brilliant narration again by Jeff Harding.
Note that this is the 5th in the series and should be listened to after the preceding four.
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Narrated well, in a lazy gruff style that I felt really suited the story which is at times violently graphic. Bernie’s character is full of surprises and then there’s the history that puts the story into perspective. Some reviews I read before buying this book were not so good. I could easily have missed a great audio book.