by Olen Steinhauer
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Now turning thirty, seven years has passed since an idealistic Emil Brod joined the police force as a Comrade Homicide Detective, but now by 1956 he is like his peers, grim and ever looking over his shoulders at the KGB representative. Emil has learned survival means trust no one and gingerly investigate whenever the Party is involved................................ Meanwhile Police Officer Ferenc Kolyeszar prefers to be a novelist, but in this small Communist nation getting anything published is controlled by the Party. Though Ferenc has talent his résumé shows one paperback. Now he writes a book about the depressing world of artists representing Everyman behind the Iron Curtain. Any creativity typically leads to work camps that even in the post Stalin era remains dehumanizing and deadly. Besides the censorship that haunts Ferenc, he suffers remorse over a recent assignment involving college students. As he investigates the murder of a party bureaucrat, KGB agent Kaminski watches Ferenc looking forward to destroying the wannabe author...................... This 1950s Communist police procedural is a terrific tale that provides the audience with insight into life inside a Soviet satellite country just after the death of Stalin. The strong story line surprisingly relegates the hero of the first novel (BRIDGE OF SIGHS) to a cynical secondary role. This allows comparison to Ferenc, a tragic Shakespearean character who knows that his latest case will personally cost him dearly; yet he cannot adapt to the party line especially after he carried out a recent assignment to bash the heads of protesting college students. This is a great Eastern European Communist historical police procedural that should provide Owen Steinhauer a strong fan base.............................. Harriet Klausner
jimv More than 1 year ago
Set in 1956 Eastern Europe, one reads of labor camps, neighbor's spying on neighbors and the need to follow a set code of conduct if one wants to stay out of harms way. Conrade Inspector Ferenec Kolyeszar walks the line both as a policeman and as a want-to-be writer. Not for someone looking for a cheery detective story, Steinhauer helps us feel if not understand how hard life was like way back when. He weaves together a story of a 'good' cop who tries to solve crimes without upsetting the political applecart too much. Very well written and makes one appreciate our present lives in light of the past.
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