By Philip Kerr
Whilst he brought Bernie Gunther within the unique Berlin Noir trilogy, Philip Kerr instantly verified himself as a mystery author on par with Raymond Chandler. His new Bernie Gunther novels have received him comparisons with Alan Furst, John le Carré, and Graham Greene. A Quiet Flame reveals Gunther in Argentina, circa 1950, the place he- falsely accused of Nazi battle crimes-has been provided a brand new lifestyles and a fresh passport by way of the Perón executive. however the tricky, fast-talking detective doesn't have the luxurious of laying low while a serial killer- whose crimes might achieve again to Berlin prior to the war-is mutilating younger ladies. Taut, gritty, and loaded with evocative old element, A Quiet Flame is between Kerr's most sensible paintings but.
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And all right, he wasn't Bogey. And I doubt whether Bogey's girls, if he had any, counted themselves lucky, rather the reverse. But he had Bogey's gangly wrists, and Bogey's manic stride and hellbent look about him, and Bogey's haywire mop of sandy hair blown to one side by a prevailing wind and stuck there, and rosy bursts of colour on his upper cheeks. And Bogey's sun-bleached khaki canvas bag, like a wartime gas mask case in old movies, swinging from his shoulder. His spectacles, like Bogey's, doubled the circumference of his faraway blue eyes, switching on and off as he loped towards us under the chandelier.
Flash, but never tell me it wasn't there. I looked The house was gone in a It was there and I saw it.
The sports jacket was of industrial-strength Harris Tweed with iron armpits: push my shoulders forwards and the collar sawed my neck. Backwards, it locked me in a citizen's arrest. An olive-green tie of knitted nylon completed the dismal ensemble. And here, if only for a minute, my spirits plummeted, for I must own straight out to my love of sartorial finery, my relish for impact, colour and display that no doubt springs direct from my Congolese mother's genes. Peek into my briefcase any working day and what will you find tucked among the written depositions, briefings, background papers and deportation orders?
A Quiet Flame (Bernard Gunther, Book 5) by Philip Kerr