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Bridge Of Sighs by Olen Steinhauer


Bridge Of Sighs by Olen Steinhauer

It's 1948; three years after the Soviets liberated a tiny nation from German occupation. But the ideals of the revolution have dissipated - the Red Army still patrols the rubble-strewn streets of the Capital; everyone is careful to address one another as Comrade. Lawlessness and corruption are the rules of the City. The young homicide inspector Emil Brod, fresh from the police academy, is unprepared for the instant hatred his colleagues appear to have towards him. It seems they believe he is a spy. When the wealthy state songwriter, Janos Crowder, is found murdered, the case is, surprisingly, assigned to Emil. It's not long before Emil discovers threads that link Crowder's death to very highest levels of the Party. Emil's investigations threaten to lead him into more and more danger. And Lena, Crowder's beautiful widow, complicates matters further. But Emil's choice is simple - between the truth and that of his and Lena's safety.


Steinhauer's thoughtful and impressive debut... is a welcome addition to wartime ground mapped out by Philip Kerr, Alan Furst and J Robert James * Guardian * Bleak and uncompromising, this powerful novel grips from beginning to end * Sunday Telegraph *

About the Author

Olen Steinhauer

Olen Steinhauer was born in Virginia and grew up in Texas where he attended the state University in Austin.

He was inspired to write his Eastern European series while on a Fullbright Fellowship in Romania to write about the 1989 revolution.

He moved to New York to sell his book and began the second while in Florence. It was in Budapest, Hungary, that he finished it and still resides.

His first two novels, 'The Bridge of Sighs' and 'The Confession', have garnered thus far an Edgar nomination, an Anthony nomination, a Macavity nomination, a Historical Dagger nomination and rave reviews.

'The Vienna Assignment' was his first novel published with HarperCollins and received excellent hardback reviews in the Guardian and Daily Telegraph.

Author photo © Nancy Crampton

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Publication date

3rd June 2004


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Arrow Books Ltd an imprint of Cornerstone


288 pages


Crime & mystery



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