Format: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 368 pages, 8.51 × 5.56 × 0.86 in
Published: August 5, 2008
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0312374860
ISBN - 13: 9780312374860
Read from the Book
Victory Square 26 DECEMBER 1989 TUESDAY There are things you know but forget. Truths that don''t stay in your head because you''re distracted by daily affairs, by the manic effort of living your life. Then, unexpectedly, the knowledge returns and changes you. It makes murder possible. Leaning through the high stone window of the Grand Hotel Duchi D''Aosta, I looked down at tourists and pigeons vying for space on the damp marble floor of the Piazza dell''Unità d''Italia, Trieste''s central square. In the cold wind blowing through from the Adriatic, a basic truth came back to me: Old men die every day. They submit in overstuffed chairs across from blaring televisions, slip in the bathtub, sink deep into hospital beds. They tumble down the stairwells of barren apartment blocks and face heart failure in swimming pools and restaurants and crowded buses. Some, already sleeping on the street, go quietly, while others take care of it themselves, because that''s the only power left to them. Their wives are dead and their friends as well; their children have fled from the stink of mortality. Sleeping pills, razors, high terraces and bridges. Usually, old men go alone. Before that week, I''d never been to Italy, though when I was a young man I dreamed of it, and of a famous bridge in Venice that spelled out a metaphor I could understand. No longer. Metaphorshelp you boil down the complications and ambiguities of your too-long life into a picture book. They help you li
From the Publisher
The revolutionary politics and chaotic history at the heart of Olen Steinhauer’s literary crime series set in Eastern Europe have made it one of today’s most acclaimed, garnering two Edgar Award nominations, among numerous other awards. Upon reaching the tumultuous 1980s, the series comes full circle as one of the People’s Militia’s earliest cases reemerges to torment its inspectors, including militia chief Emil Brod, the original detective on the case. His arrest of a revolutionary leader in the late 1940s resulted in the politician’s imprisonment, but at the time Emil was too young to understand how great the cost would be. Only now, in 1989, when he is days from retirement and spends more and more time looking over his shoulder, does he realize that what he did in the line of duty may get him—and others—killed.
By fusing a story of revenge at any cost with a portrait of a country on the brink of collapse, Steinhauer masterfully brings the personal and political together with devastating results and once again raises crime fiction to a stunning new level.
About the Author
Olen Steinhauer’s widely acclaimed Eastern European crime series, which he was inspired to write while on a Fulbright fellowship, 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. The series includes 36 Yalta Boulevard, The Confession, Liberation Movements, and The Bridge of Sighs. Steinhauer is also the author of the bestselling Milo Weaver series, including The Nearest Exit and The Tourist. Raised in Virginia, Steinhauer lives with his family in Budapest, Hungary.
“This story catches all the danger and excitement of the historic moment.”
--The New York Times Book Review
“Clipped, economical prose . . . Steinhauer offers a concrete end to the sins of the past.”
--Los Angeles Times
“If previous books upped the narrative ante . . . this one goes all in.”
“Brilliant conclusion of his ambitious Eastern European series . . . Masterful.”