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"Olen Steinhauer's elegant spy novel Liberation Movements is imbued with a retro kind of cool....It is a tight, neatly structured story, built around the lives of very Cold War characters, individuals effaced by the secrecy of their professions and the cynicism of their nation. But Liberation Movements is not so cold or so neat, for all that. At its heart is a messy, human revenge plot that is as captivating as it is unlikely to end happily." Anna Godbersen, Esquire (read the entire Esquire review)

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Olen Steinhauer's acclaimed literary crime series set in a fictional country in Eastern Europe began in the heady post-World War II era and has taken readers from the first noise of revolution through to the chaos of the 1960s and '70s.

The year is 1975, and one of the People's Militia homicide investigators is on a plane out of the capital, bound for Istanbul. The plane is hijacked by Armenian terrorists, but before the Turkish authorities can fulfill their demands, the plane explodes in midair.

Two investigators — Gavra Noukas, a secret policeman, and Katja Drdova, a homicide detective — are assigned to the case. Both believe that Brano Sev, their enigmatic superior and himself a career secret policeman, is keeping them in the dark both about the details of the case and all its players and about the true motives of their investigation, but they can't figure out why. That is, until they learn that everything is connected to a seven-year-old murder, a seemingly insignificant murder that has had far-reaching consequences.

The politics and history for which Olen Steinhauer's novels have been most praised turn intimate and highly compelling in this ambitious new novel.

Review:

"Steinhauer's dazzling fourth book in his series about various police and intelligence agents in an unnamed Communist-era Eastern European country gives a large role to Brano Sev, the seriously conflicted spy who starred in the previous entry, 36 Yalta Boulevard (2005). Sev sums up the new book's theme when he says to a younger subordinate, 'Intelligence work is precisely what it says — it's about intelligence. We are not murderers.' There's some irony here: we know that Sev has killed several people himself. But there's also an unexpected note of humanity, as Sev supervises the investigation by two junior agents of a murder in Russian-occupied Prague in 1968 that's later tied to a plane hijacked by Armenian terrorists on its way to Istanbul in 1975. Another new element is the Turkish capital, alive and yeasty compared to the drab, restricted home city of 36 Yalta Boulevard. And the emergence of a major female character — a homicide investigator looking for personal justice — shows how a skilled writer working at the top of his form can keep a series from faltering." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Steinhauer again displays his masterful manipulation of character, plot, and reader expectations....A fast, intriguing read. Highly recommended." Library Journal (Starred Review)

Review:

"Cool and cerebral crime thriller, full of political nuance and bathed in irony." Kirkus Reviews

Synopsis:

The personal becomes political in the latest in Steinhauer's award-nominated, acclaimed Eastern European crime series.

Synopsis:

Olen Steinhauer's acclaimed literary crime series set in a fictional country in Eastern Europe began in the heady post--World War II era and has taken readers from the first noise of revolution through to the chaos of the 1960s and '70s.

 
The year is 1975, and one of the People's Militia homicide investigators is on a plane out of the capital, bound for Istanbul. The plane is hijacked by Armenian terrorists, but before the Turkish authorities can fulfill their demands, the plane explodes in midair.

 
Two investigators---Gavra Noukas, a secret policeman, and Katja Drdova, a homicide detective---are assigned to the case. Both believe that Brano Sev, their enigmatic superior and himself a career secret policeman, is keeping them in the dark both about the details of the case and all its players and about the true motives of their investigation, but they can't figure out why. That is, until they learn that everything is connected to a seven-year-old murder, a seemingly insignificant murder that has had far-reaching consequences.

 
The politics and history for which Olen Steinhauer's novels have been most praised turn intimate and highly compelling in this ambitious new novel.

Synopsis:

Olen Steinhauer's acclaimed crime series set in Eastern Europe has taken readers from the first shots of the revolution and through the chaos of the 1960s. Now, it is 1975, and one of the People's Militia investigators is bound for Istanbul when his plane is hijacked by Armenian terrorists and explodes in midair.

 
Gavra Noukas, a secret policeman, and Katja Drdova, a homicide detective, are assigned to the case. Both believe that Brano Sev, their enigmatic superior and career secret policeman, is hiding the true motives of their investigation, but they can't figure out why until they learn that everything is connected to a seven-year-old murder with far-reaching consequences.
 
The compelling politics and history for which Olen Steinhauer's novels have been praised turn intimate in this ambitious novel.

About the Author

Olen Steinhauer was inspired to write his Eastern European crime series — including The Bridge of Sighs, The Confession, 36 Yalta Boulevard, and now Liberation Movements — while on a Fulbright Fellowship in Romania. The Bridge of Sighs was shortlisted for the Ellis Peters Historical Dagger Award, the Edgar Award for best first novel, the Anthony Award, the Barry Award, and the Macavity Award. Steinhauer was raised in Virginia and currently lives in Budapest. Visit his Web site at www.olensteinhauer.com.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312332044
Publisher:
Minotaur Books
Subject:
Police
Author:
Steinhauer, Olen
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Terrorists
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Police Procedural
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Historical
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Eastern Europe Thrillers
Series Volume:
4
Publication Date:
August 22, 2006
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.4 x 5.5 x 0.8 in

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Product details 304 pages St. Martin's Minotaur - English 9780312332044 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Steinhauer's dazzling fourth book in his series about various police and intelligence agents in an unnamed Communist-era Eastern European country gives a large role to Brano Sev, the seriously conflicted spy who starred in the previous entry, 36 Yalta Boulevard (2005). Sev sums up the new book's theme when he says to a younger subordinate, 'Intelligence work is precisely what it says — it's about intelligence. We are not murderers.' There's some irony here: we know that Sev has killed several people himself. But there's also an unexpected note of humanity, as Sev supervises the investigation by two junior agents of a murder in Russian-occupied Prague in 1968 that's later tied to a plane hijacked by Armenian terrorists on its way to Istanbul in 1975. Another new element is the Turkish capital, alive and yeasty compared to the drab, restricted home city of 36 Yalta Boulevard. And the emergence of a major female character — a homicide investigator looking for personal justice — shows how a skilled writer working at the top of his form can keep a series from faltering." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review A Day" by , "Olen Steinhauer's elegant spy novel Liberation Movements is imbued with a retro kind of cool....It is a tight, neatly structured story, built around the lives of very Cold War characters, individuals effaced by the secrecy of their professions and the cynicism of their nation. But Liberation Movements is not so cold or so neat, for all that. At its heart is a messy, human revenge plot that is as captivating as it is unlikely to end happily." (read the entire Esquire review)
"Review" by , "Steinhauer again displays his masterful manipulation of character, plot, and reader expectations....A fast, intriguing read. Highly recommended."
"Review" by , "Cool and cerebral crime thriller, full of political nuance and bathed in irony."
"Synopsis" by , The personal becomes political in the latest in Steinhauer's award-nominated, acclaimed Eastern European crime series.
"Synopsis" by ,
Olen Steinhauer's acclaimed literary crime series set in a fictional country in Eastern Europe began in the heady post--World War II era and has taken readers from the first noise of revolution through to the chaos of the 1960s and '70s.

 
The year is 1975, and one of the People's Militia homicide investigators is on a plane out of the capital, bound for Istanbul. The plane is hijacked by Armenian terrorists, but before the Turkish authorities can fulfill their demands, the plane explodes in midair.

 
Two investigators---Gavra Noukas, a secret policeman, and Katja Drdova, a homicide detective---are assigned to the case. Both believe that Brano Sev, their enigmatic superior and himself a career secret policeman, is keeping them in the dark both about the details of the case and all its players and about the true motives of their investigation, but they can't figure out why. That is, until they learn that everything is connected to a seven-year-old murder, a seemingly insignificant murder that has had far-reaching consequences.

 
The politics and history for which Olen Steinhauer's novels have been most praised turn intimate and highly compelling in this ambitious new novel.

"Synopsis" by ,
Olen Steinhauer's acclaimed crime series set in Eastern Europe has taken readers from the first shots of the revolution and through the chaos of the 1960s. Now, it is 1975, and one of the People's Militia investigators is bound for Istanbul when his plane is hijacked by Armenian terrorists and explodes in midair.

 
Gavra Noukas, a secret policeman, and Katja Drdova, a homicide detective, are assigned to the case. Both believe that Brano Sev, their enigmatic superior and career secret policeman, is hiding the true motives of their investigation, but they can't figure out why until they learn that everything is connected to a seven-year-old murder with far-reaching consequences.
 
The compelling politics and history for which Olen Steinhauer's novels have been praised turn intimate in this ambitious novel.

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