The Confession: A Novel

Paperback | April 1, 2005

byOlen Steinhauer

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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 their lives, 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.

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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. B...

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 Bridge of Sig...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8.19 × 5.45 × 0.97 inPublished:April 1, 2005Publisher:St. Martin's PressLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Confession Great read as always with this author oooooooooooôooooooooôooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo ôooooooooo
Date published: 2015-10-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Confession Very fast paced story of a young man wrongfully convicted and executed. The novel changed some of my opinions regarding the death penalty.
Date published: 2015-08-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book I am so greatful that we do not have a death penalty in our country. This book reminds us andmakes you feel the reality of what a wrong confection can do to family, and commuunity. It was full of suspense.
Date published: 2015-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Revealing the inner man This is a better book than his first, and is deeper and more complex. Along with the detective thriller, there is also the analysis of a failing marriage, the inner workings of the art circle, and the corruption of the communist state, all written in a very readable style.
Date published: 2015-02-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good book Great commentary on how the US justice system has strayed so far off course. Good read as usual with Grisham.
Date published: 2015-01-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great novel Good quick read, I enjoyed it. The story was well organized and fast paced, some segments were a little tedious but overall a satisfying novel.
Date published: 2015-01-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from An ok book I thought it was an ok read. I have enjoyed much of his work but found this to be a bit long winded for my liking though.
Date published: 2014-12-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Confession Good thought provoking read.
Date published: 2014-09-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Novel Very interesting and informative.
Date published: 2014-08-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The confession A very good book.
Date published: 2014-07-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from First I haven't read a Grisham in a while. This reminds me of why I loved them in the beginning . suspenseful exciting thriller.
Date published: 2014-05-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Reader This was harder to digest than Steinhauers other ones I have enjoyed but a good read, nonetheless.
Date published: 2014-05-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Confession Informative Reminded me once again why Death penity should be abolished
Date published: 2014-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The confession. I enjoyed it immensely. The subject of the book is one that i find hard to decide on(Death penalty).when a baptist minister helps out with recently paroled felines, he finds himself on a wild riveting adventure to try and stop a execution on a young innocent black man.that will actually have youholding your breath!
Date published: 2014-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Confession An excellent and fast paced read!
Date published: 2014-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great page turner Wonderful story telling. A master
Date published: 2014-03-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Confession To say this books is filled with quirky characters and even more surprising turns in the story line would be an understatement. A young black man is wrongfully imprisoned for the killing of a white girl and is on death row in Texas with the clock running down to his execution. His determined lawyer is desperately fighting every step of the way to save his client. Meanwhile, across the country, a Lutheran minister meets a strange character claiming to be the real killer. After considerable reasoning, the minister undertakes a road trip across the country against the clock to save the day which is further complicated by extreme headaches, collapses and seizures which the man explains as coming from an inoperable tumor on his brain; this being the reason for coming forward. A surprising turn of events leaves more questions than answers and the quest for justice continues in a volatile race charged community where emotions run extremely high as the racially divisive city faces protests and church burnings until the National Guard is called in by the Governor. This book highlights injustice and corruption at all levels of the legal system; giving the reader a new (or perhaps not so new) perception of both the legal processes and the very present racial strife still very much alive. Review written by Marilyn Melnychuk July 24, 2013
Date published: 2013-07-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Long but gripping When is justice really just?
Date published: 2013-07-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great title. I enjoyed this book although I found myself becoming angry at various times in this book. Kept my attention very well.
Date published: 2013-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Confession Grisham can (almost) always be counted on for an enthralling thriller that is captivating from the first page to the last. The Confession is no exception. However, it surpasses many of the others because of its strong and eloquent anti-capital punishment message. Top notch.
Date published: 2013-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Grisham has always been my fave! An excellent author! I have always loved his books and this one was no exception. Although saddened that things in this story didn't go the way I had hoped for, it was nonetheless quite the page turner!
Date published: 2013-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Confession Have just finished the Confession, my third Grisham novel in as many weeks. Loved it.
Date published: 2013-05-09

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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 their lives, 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.

Editorial Reviews

"Postwar Eastern Europe chillingly evoked by a storyteller... who understands the relentless conjunction between character and suspense.... Good enough to suggest comparison with Graham Greene; place the author in the forefront of contemporary suspense writers..." -Kirkus Reviews (starred review)"This is a gripping and fully realized portrayal of a man whose strengths, flaws, struggle, and ultimate fall are emblematic of the fate of Eastern Europe itself. While skillfully developed, the intricacies of plot, particularly the story behind the diverse crimes, fade to relative insignificance in light of Ferenc's heartrending 'confession'. Densely atmospheric and strongly recommended..." -Library Journal (starred review)"Beyond delivering an involving police procedural in an intriguing setting, the author relates with spare irony his narrator's psychological journey.... [The Confession] is enthusiastically recommended for fans of well-made hard-boiled and noir fiction." -Booklist (starred review)"Bigger in scope... than The Bridge of Sighs [...Steinhauer's original and mesmerizing first mystery]... the novel makes readers wonder just what Steinhauer will do for the next book in his series..." -Publishers Weekly (starred review)