The Confession

by Olen Steinhauer

St. Martin's Press | April 1, 2010 | Kobo Edition (eBook)

The Confession is rated 4.3333 out of 5 by 9.

Eastern Europe, 1956: Comrade Inspector Ferenc Kolyeszar, who is a proletariat writer in addition to his job as a state militia homicide detective, is a man on the brink. Estranged from his wife, whom he believes is cheating on him with one of his colleagues, and frustrated by writer's block, Ferenc's attention is focused on his job. But his job is growing increasingly political, something that makes him profoundly uncomfortable.



When Ferenc is asked to look into the disappearance of a party member's wife and learns some unsavory facts about the party member's life, the absurdity of his position as an employee of the state is suddenly exposed. At the same time, he and his fellow militia officers are pressed into service policing a popular demonstration in the capital, one that Ferenc might rather be participating in. These two situations, coupled with an investigation into the murder of a painter that leads them to a man recently released from the camps, brings Ferenc closer to danger than ever before-from himself, from his superiors, from the capital's shadowy criminal element.



The Confession is a fantastic follow-up to Olen Steinhauer's brilliant debut, The Bridge of Sighs, and it guarantees to advance this talented writer on his way to being one of the premiere thriller writers of a generation.



Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: April 1, 2010

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1429981180

ISBN - 13: 9781429981187

Found in: Mystery and Suspense

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Straight forward tale with no twists. There were no surprises, no severely tense moments and no action packed scenes in Grisham's "The Confession". The idea that an innocent man may be wrongfully executed is not new, and I am not trying to "poopoo" the severity of a legal execution, but I never felt/cared for the poor boy on death row as it seemed he knew there was no way out before we, the readers, knew. I was more interested in the role played by the Pastor who was trying to stop the execution by producing the identity of the real killer while that same real killer toyed with the Pastor's emotions and kindness. I kind of expected to be a bit of a showdown between the two, but it never materialized.
Date published: 2013-10-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A good Grisham read Though there are some politics at play (too much realism?) and it isn't my favorite Grisham novel, it is still a good read...
Date published: 2012-01-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Shocking Grisham can do better. I was a bit disappointed in this one. Slow build up then once Dante is executed, about half way through the story goes down hill and kind of fizzles out. In my mind hardly anyone in the justice system and politics gets any payback. A real bad ending dragged on and on only to execute another prisoner in the last paragraph. Sorry John, not your best.
Date published: 2011-10-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another fantastic book by John Grisham! A frighting tale about capital punishment! Even though the characters may not be real people, my heart went out to them. I couldn't put it down, even when it was hard to read though my tears.
Date published: 2011-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from GRIPPING! Not a huge Grisham fan but WOW....this book rocked my world. I was glued from beginning to end. A powerful book I will not soon forget. If you are looking for a GREAT winter read....pick up THE CONFESSION!
Date published: 2011-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another masterpiece Yes, Grisham has done it again. I just loved the book, I really admire the quality of his writing and especially the plot and subplots. Grisham is a great writer ! You will love this book.
Date published: 2010-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love John Grisham !!! I bought this book as a Christmas gift for my husband. I introduced him to this fine author years ago and we always look forward to his next book. I'm sure he will love it and will be happy to share it with me!
Date published: 2010-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Grisham has outdone himself! The master has outdone himself this time. A book so emotionally charged that you will not want to stop reading, yet you will be compelled to stop to wipe away a tear and take a breath before picking it up to continue reading until the next breathless stop.
Date published: 2010-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another Classic ! Grisham has done it again. After a break for a young adult book he has come back with another formula thriller. Some people may not like formulas... but if it works, why change ! Loved it !
Date published: 2010-11-18

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The Confession

by Olen Steinhauer

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: April 1, 2010

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1429981180

ISBN - 13: 9781429981187

From the Publisher

Eastern Europe, 1956: Comrade Inspector Ferenc Kolyeszar, who is a proletariat writer in addition to his job as a state militia homicide detective, is a man on the brink. Estranged from his wife, whom he believes is cheating on him with one of his colleagues, and frustrated by writer's block, Ferenc's attention is focused on his job. But his job is growing increasingly political, something that makes him profoundly uncomfortable.



When Ferenc is asked to look into the disappearance of a party member's wife and learns some unsavory facts about the party member's life, the absurdity of his position as an employee of the state is suddenly exposed. At the same time, he and his fellow militia officers are pressed into service policing a popular demonstration in the capital, one that Ferenc might rather be participating in. These two situations, coupled with an investigation into the murder of a painter that leads them to a man recently released from the camps, brings Ferenc closer to danger than ever before-from himself, from his superiors, from the capital's shadowy criminal element.



The Confession is a fantastic follow-up to Olen Steinhauer's brilliant debut, The Bridge of Sighs, and it guarantees to advance this talented writer on his way to being one of the premiere thriller writers of a generation.