Philip Kerr’s intricate novels featuring former Berlin homicide detective Bernie Gunther have earned ahallowed place in the hearts of mystery fans. It’s 1950, and Bernie has arrived in Argentina seeking asylum after being falsely identified as a Nazi war criminal. There he investigates the murder of a wealthy banker’s daughter ina case reminiscent of one he worked in Germany 18 years before.
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I haven't finished the series, but this one may be the best of the bunch. Standing alone it deserves five stars across the board. Narration by Paul Hecht is, to my ear, his best effort to date. Flash backs are clear easy to follow and directly relevant to the point of departure. I wish more authors understood their proper use. One hardly need suspend disbelief to engage with this book. Enjoy! It's a great read.
What could have gone through Mr Kerr's head to have him drop John Lee and use Paul Hecht as narrator? The wonderful exciting Bernie Gunter" stories have gone stone cold flat. John Lee was Bernie. Hecht reads in a flat monotone disinterested tone that puts me to sleep. I have lost all interest in the series. I am finished. No longer will I be transported through the dark mysterious streets of Europe through unique twists and turns, listening to richly developed characters interact in Mr Kerr's masterful work.
I know it was 15 years since he penned a new "Bernie "novel but Got in Himmel, there are so many other talented readers he could have chosen. Did he even audition Hecht? or was Hecht fobbed off on him for loosing a bet?.
Good by Bernie...RIP
Yes, I enjoy noir
Some of the James Lee Burke - Dave Robicheaux series
In my opinion, he has a dramatic voice.
Detecting can be a dirty business.
Waiting for the next one.
The writing here is okay but not as good as usual. Hecht is still fine as the narrator. Even Kerr's not-so-good stories are still worth reading/listening to. In this episode it just seems that Bernie is making too many mistakes for the convenience of Kerr so he can make rather obvious political statements. It is more fun when Kerr is simply telling a story and letting Bernie smart-off and get into feasible trouble. In A Quiet Flame Bernie's arrests are far too contrived to enable the listener to feel a smooth flow of the plot. The wise-cracks are still there and the story is passable, even given the several bumps along the road.
I simply cannot get through this book. I absolutely LOVE the previous Gunther books, but this accent is simply driving me nuts. What the heck? Bernie is GERMAN! this guy sounds like he is from the American Midwest. Just too bizarre. The narration is flat and uninteresting. I cannot continue. These books need to be re-narrated in an appropriate accent (John Lee) before I can pick up another one. Sorry Bernie. I just cant listen to any more.
But Kerr's writing is so strong that you're quickly lost in yet another great romp with Herr Gunther. Kerr keeps maturing with each book as well and this one really spins that terse magic yarn that is his metal.
In light of the recent murder of Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman, this book has particular historical relevance. Some things never change. The story and narration are excellent.
Give me a good mystery and I am happy!
I love that I am getting a history lesson with each book in this series. It is well written and narrated. The author takes you along on the adventures of Bernie Gunther. I will get the next book for sure. Enjoy.
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