The Bridge of Sighs by Olen Steinhauer
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It's August, 1948, three years after the Russians "liberated" the 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 finally gets his chance to serve his country, investigating murder for the People's Militia.

The first victim is a state songwriter, but the facts point to a political motive. Emil would like to investigate further, but his colleagues in Homicide are suspicious or silent: He is on his own in this new, dangerous world.

The Bridge of Sighs launches a unique series of crime novels featuring a 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 Olen Steinhauer

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Olen Steinhauer is a two-time Edgar Award finalist and has been shortlisted for the Anthony, the Macavity, the Ellis Peters Historical Dagger, and the Barry awards. He is the author of the bestselling Milo Weaver novels, The Tourist and The Nearest Exit, as well as the acclaimed Eastern European crime series including The Bridge of Sighs, The Confession, 36 Yalta Boulevard, Liberation Movements, and Victory Square. Raised in Virginia, Steinhauer lives with his family in Budapest, Hungary. Visit his web site at www.olensteinhauer.com
 
Published April 1, 2007 by Minotaur Books. 288 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Business & Economics, Crime. Fiction

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It’s 1948, and Emil Brod, newly graduated from the police academy at 22, is posted as a homicide cop to the People’s Militia—a department that’s as dysfunctional as pretty much everything else in Emil’s unnamed little war-torn country.

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Schmidtke's reading of Steinhauer's debut is rich with subtle nuance, but his portrayal of the actual characters' voices, which are rarely graced with anything resembling an Eastern European accent, may strike listeners as off-key.

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Set in 1948 in a small, unnamed Eastern European country devastated by WWII and still occupied by Russian troops, Steinhauer's promising debut introduces 22-year-old homicide inspector Emil Brod of the People's Militia.

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But when a young man tries to do that job in a country where lawlessness and corruption are primarily practiced by the authorities, he really has his hands full.

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Though Communist and Russian controlled, murder remains a crime so twenty-two years old Emil Brod is proud when the State selects him to become a rookie homicide inspector.

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