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In this auspicious literary crime debut, an inexperienced homicide detective struggles amid the lawlessness of a post-WWII Eastern European city.

It's August, 1948, three years after the Russians "liberated" this small nation from German Occupation. But the Red Army still patrols the capital's rubble-strewn streets, and the ideals of the Revolution are but memories. Twenty-two-year-old Detective Emil Brod, an eager young man who spent the war working on a fishing boat in Finland, finally gets his chance to serve his country, investigating murder for the People's Militia.

The victim in Emil's first case is a state songwriter, but the evidence seems to point toward a political motive. He would like to investigate further, but even in his naivete, he realizes that the police academy never prepared him for this peculiar post-war environment, in which his colleagues are suspicious or silent, where lawlessness and corruption are the rules of the city, and in which he's still expected to investigate a murder. He is truly on his own in this new, dangerous world.

The Bridge of Sighs launches a unique series of crime novels featuring a dynamic cast of characters in an ever-evolving landscape, the politically volatile terrain of Eastern Europe in the second half of the 20th century.

Review:

"Perhaps the novel's weakest element is the amorphous Brod, though his appeal grows as the story progresses. One looks forward to Brod's developing into a fully realized character in future books in the series." Publishers Weekly

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"Time, place, and cast are all richly evoked in a well-written, often gripping debut." Kirkus Reviews

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"[A] stunning and unique look at life and crime in a Soviet satellite nation." Paula L. Woods, Los Angeles Times

Review:

"Steinhauer spins out his story in clean and simple prose that gleam with authenticity and captures a uniquely East European spirit....[G]ripping, subversive..." Dick Adler, Chicago Tribune

Review:

"Bleak and uncompromising, this powerful novel grips from beginning to end." Susana Yager, Sunday Telegraph

Review:

"[A] wonderfully taut tale...This is a series I will follow with eagerness." Paul Skenazy, Washington Post

Synopsis:

Investigating murders for the post-World War II People's Militia, young detective Emil Brod suspects political motives behind the killing of a state songwriter and finds himself accused of spying by his corrupt colleagues in the homicide department.

Synopsis:

In this auspicious literary crime debut, an inexperienced homicide detective struggles amid the lawlessness of a post-WWII Eastern European city.

It's August, 1948, three years after the Russians "liberated" this small nation from German Occupation. But the Red Army still patrols the capital's rubble-strewn streets, and the ideals of the Revolution are but memories. Twenty-two-year-old Detective Emil Brod, an eager young man who spent the war working on a fishing boat in Finland, finally gets his chance to serve his country, investigating murder for the People's Militia.

The victim in Emil's first case is a state songwriter, but the evidence seems to point toward a political motive. He would like to investigate further, but even in his naivete, he realizes that the police academy never prepared him for this peculiar post-war environment, in which his colleagues are suspicious or silent, where lawlessness and corruption are the rules of the city, and in which he's still expected to investigate a murder. He is truly on his own in this new, dangerous world.

The Bridge of Sighs launches a unique series of crime novels featuring a dynamic cast of characters in an ever-evolving landscape, the politically volatile terrain of Eastern Europe in the second half of the 20th century.

 
The Bridge of Sighs is a 2004 Edgar Award Nominee for Best First Novel.

About the Author

Olen Steinhauer's idea for The Bridge of Sighs was inspired by a year he spent in Romania while on a Fullbright Fellowship. Raised in Richmond, Virginia, he earned a B.A. from the University of Texas in Austin and an M.F.A. from Emerson College. He currently lives in Budapest.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312326012
Author:
Steinhauer, Olen
Publisher:
Minotaur Books
Subject:
Police
Subject:
Europe - Eastern
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Police Procedural
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Historical
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
1
Publication Date:
20040231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.27 x 5.47 x 0.805 in

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Product details 288 pages St. Martin's Minotaur - English 9780312326012 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Perhaps the novel's weakest element is the amorphous Brod, though his appeal grows as the story progresses. One looks forward to Brod's developing into a fully realized character in future books in the series."
"Review" by , "Time, place, and cast are all richly evoked in a well-written, often gripping debut."
"Review" by , "[A] stunning and unique look at life and crime in a Soviet satellite nation."
"Review" by , "Steinhauer spins out his story in clean and simple prose that gleam with authenticity and captures a uniquely East European spirit....[G]ripping, subversive..."
"Review" by , "Bleak and uncompromising, this powerful novel grips from beginning to end."
"Review" by , "[A] wonderfully taut tale...This is a series I will follow with eagerness."
"Synopsis" by , Investigating murders for the post-World War II People's Militia, young detective Emil Brod suspects political motives behind the killing of a state songwriter and finds himself accused of spying by his corrupt colleagues in the homicide department.
"Synopsis" by ,
In this auspicious literary crime debut, an inexperienced homicide detective struggles amid the lawlessness of a post-WWII Eastern European city.

It's August, 1948, three years after the Russians "liberated" this small nation from German Occupation. But the Red Army still patrols the capital's rubble-strewn streets, and the ideals of the Revolution are but memories. Twenty-two-year-old Detective Emil Brod, an eager young man who spent the war working on a fishing boat in Finland, finally gets his chance to serve his country, investigating murder for the People's Militia.

The victim in Emil's first case is a state songwriter, but the evidence seems to point toward a political motive. He would like to investigate further, but even in his naivete, he realizes that the police academy never prepared him for this peculiar post-war environment, in which his colleagues are suspicious or silent, where lawlessness and corruption are the rules of the city, and in which he's still expected to investigate a murder. He is truly on his own in this new, dangerous world.

The Bridge of Sighs launches a unique series of crime novels featuring a dynamic cast of characters in an ever-evolving landscape, the politically volatile terrain of Eastern Europe in the second half of the 20th century.

 
The Bridge of Sighs is a 2004 Edgar Award Nominee for Best First Novel.

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