Victory Square by Olen Steinhauer

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The revolutionary politics and chaotic history of life inside Olen Steinhauer's fictionalized Eastern European country have made his literary crime series, with its two Edgar Award nominations along with other critical acclaim, one of today's most acclaimed. Finally having reached the tumultuous 1980s, the series comes full circle as one of the earliest cases of the People's Militia reemerges to torment all of the inspectors, including Emil Brod, now the chief, who was the original detective on the case. His arrest of one of the country's revolutionary leaders in the late 1940s resulted in the politician's conviction and imprisonment, but Emil was too young in those days to understand what it meant to go up against someone so powerful—and win. Only now, in 1989, when he is days from retirement and spends more time looking over his shoulder than ahead, does he realize that what he did may get him—and others—killed.

Told against the backdrop of the crumbling forty-year-old government—with the leaders who were so new in the series debut, The Bridge of SighsVictory Square is Steinhauer at his best. Once again he masterfully makes crime fiction both personal and political, combining a story of revenge at any cost with a portrait of a country on the brink of collapse.


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
Published August 5, 2008 by Minotaur Books. 372 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Horror. Fiction

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