Budapest Noir by Vilmos Kondor
A Novel

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A dark, riveting, and lightning fast novel of murder, intrigue, and political corruption, set in 1936 Hungary during the rise of Adolph Hitler and the Nazis in Germany, Budapest Noir marks the emergence of an extraordinary new voice in literary crime fiction, Vilmos Kondor. Kondor’s remarkable debut brings this European city to breathtaking life—from the wealthy residential neighborhoods of Buda to the slums of Pest—as it follows crime reporter Zsigmond Gordon’s investigation into the strange death of a beautiful woman. As Gordon’s search for the truth leads him to shocking revelations about a seedy underground crime syndicate and its corrupt political patrons, Budapest Noir will transport you to a dark time and place, and hold you there spellbound until the final page is turned.

About Vilmos Kondor

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Vilmos Kondor was born in 1954. He attended university in Szeged, Hungary, continuing his studies in Paris. He graduated from the Sorbonne with a degree in chemical engineering and returned to Hungary where he currently teaches high school mathematics and physics. Budapest Noir is his first novel. He lives with his wife, daughters, and dog in a quiet village outside the historic city of Sopron, near the Austrian border in western Hungary.
Published January 31, 2012 by Harper Paperbacks. 304 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Despite two major headline stories to occupy him—the death of the prime minister and the upcoming trial of the head of Unit IV, which was tasked with confidence crimes—Zsigmond Gordon, ace crime reporter for the Evening, is sidetracked when he spots a racy photograph of a girl in a drawer left un...

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Set in the fall of 1936, Hungarian author Kondor’s atmospheric debut introduces Zsigmond Gordon, the crime reporter for the Evening, a Budapest newspaper.

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Gordon is a smart and likable protagonist, and his grandfather, though a secondary character, is an entertaining one who inadvertently provides some occasional low-key suspense due to his unpredictability.

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