I got this as a giveaway and I'm glad I did because how did Philip Kerr slip under my thriller radar?Our protagonist here is a private detective by the name of Bernie Gunther, an ex-cop with a wise-cracking, sarcastic sense of humor. It took a little while but once I saw what his personality was like I got more into the book.An old case from Berlin turns around and bites Bernie in the ass years later in Argentina. The story was interesting and well-written with believable twists and set at a good pace. Bernie is a smart cookie with none of that "I ran and shot from the hip" nonsense.The author does a fine job of setting up scenes and slowly revealing the clues. Highly recommended to all thriller fans. And you don't need to read the earlier books in this series to enjoy this one. I will definitely be reading more from this author.