Liberation Movements: A Thriller

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Liberation Movements: A Thriller

by Olen Steinhauer

St. Martin's Press | May 29, 2007 | Trade Paperback

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Olen Steinhauer's acclaimed crime series set in Eastern Europe has taken readers from the first shots of the revolution and through the chaos of the 1960s. Now, it is 1975, and one of the People's Militia investigators is bound for Istanbul when his plane is hijacked by Armenian terrorists and explodes in midair.


Gavra Noukas, a secret policeman, and Katja Drdova, a homicide detective, are assigned to the case. Both believe that Brano Sev, their enigmatic superior and career secret policeman, is hiding the true motives of their investigation, but they can't figure out why until they learn that everything is connected to a seven-year-old murder with far-reaching consequences.

The compelling politics and history for which Olen Steinhauer's novels have been praised turn intimate in this ambitious novel.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 304 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.68 in

Published: May 29, 2007

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 031233205X

ISBN - 13: 9780312332051

Found in: Mystery and Suspense

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Liberation Movements: A Thriller

Liberation Movements: A Thriller

by Olen Steinhauer

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 304 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.68 in

Published: May 29, 2007

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 031233205X

ISBN - 13: 9780312332051

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Peter 1968 . "Two days ago--Saturday--we find you in the middle of C?eské Bude?jovice, walking the main street in a daze. Correct me if I'm wrong, please. You don't have the documents to be in C?eské Bude?jovice, because you're supposed to be here, in Prague. You're a student of . . ." The Slovak officer bent over the table, the ceiling lamp reflecting off on his hairless scalp as he squinted at his clipboard. "Musicology. A musician?" "I study theory," said Peter, "but I don't play." "I see." As the officer stood, his chair scratched the stone floor. "I'm not a mystic, comrade; I can't read minds. So, before sitting down with you here, I ask the faculty; I ask your roommate, this Josef. A feisty one, he is. Almost spits in my face when he tells me you're in Austria by now--safe from the Russian tanks that, as he puts it, will never crush the flowers of Prague's spring." The officer rubbed the edge of his long nose, mustache twitching. "But headstrong Josef is wrong, because by the time of his rash statement you're back in Prague, aren't you? Our esteemed Warsaw Pact comrade-soldiers have brought you and other sundry hooligans back from the Austrian border. Funny, no?" He blinked twice, waiting, but Peter didn't answer. "According to your roommate, you left on the twentieth of August, just before the liberating tanks arrived. With your two friends. And now--Josef Kucera tells me--you're all free." The officer tapped a brief rhythm on the tabletop. "Josef tells me that you an
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Olen Steinhauer's acclaimed crime series set in Eastern Europe has taken readers from the first shots of the revolution and through the chaos of the 1960s. Now, it is 1975, and one of the People's Militia investigators is bound for Istanbul when his plane is hijacked by Armenian terrorists and explodes in midair.


Gavra Noukas, a secret policeman, and Katja Drdova, a homicide detective, are assigned to the case. Both believe that Brano Sev, their enigmatic superior and career secret policeman, is hiding the true motives of their investigation, but they can't figure out why until they learn that everything is connected to a seven-year-old murder with far-reaching consequences.

The compelling politics and history for which Olen Steinhauer's novels have been praised turn intimate in this ambitious novel.

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"It is an exhilarating and enjoyable ride."
---Los Angeles Times

Olen Steinhauer's acclaimed crime series set in Eastern Europe has taken readers from the first shots of the revolution and through the chaos of the 1960s. Now, it is 1975, and one of the People's Militia investigators is bound for Istanbul when his plane is hijacked by Armenian terrorists and explodes in midair.


Gavra Noukas, a secret policeman, and Katja Drdova, a homicide detective, are assigned to the case. Both believe that Brano Sev, their enigmatic superior and career secret policeman, is hiding the true motives of their investigation, but they can't figure out why until they learn that everything is connected to a seven-year-old murder with far-reaching consequences.

The compelling politics and history for which Olen Steinhauer's novels have been praised turn intimate in this ambitious novel.

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, The Br idge of Sighs, and Victory Square. 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.

Editorial Reviews

Cool and cerebral crime thriller.