The Bridge of Sighs




      The Bridge of Sighs
In this auspicious literary crime debut, an inexperienced homicide detective struggles amid the lawlessness of a post WWII Eastern European city.It s August, 1948, three years after the Russians liberated this small nation from German Occupation But the Red Army still patrols the capital s rubble strewn streets, and the ideals of the Revolution are but memories Twenty two year old Detective Emil Brod, an eager young man who spent the war working on a fishing boat in Finland, finally gets his chance to serve his country, investigating murder for the People s Militia.The victim in Emil s first case is a state songwriter, but the evidence seems to point toward a political motive He would like to investigate further, but even in his naivete, he realizes that the police academy never prepared him for this peculiar post war environment, in which his colleagues are suspicious or silent, where lawlessness and corruption are the rules of the city, and in which he s still expected to investigate a murder He is truly on his own in this new, dangerous world The Bridge of Sighs launches a unique series of crime novels featuring a dynamic cast of characters in an ever evolving landscape, the politically volatile terrain of Eastern Europe in the second half of the 20th century The Bridge of Sighs is a 2004 Edgar Award Nominee for Best First Novel. Free Download [ The Bridge of Sighs ] by [ Olen Steinhauer ] – heartforum.co.uk

Olen Steinhauer grew up in Virginia, and has since lived in Georgia, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Texas, California, Massachusetts, and New York Outside the US, he s lived in Croatia when it was called Yugoslavia , the Czech Republic and Italy He also spent a year in Romania on a Fulbright grant, an experience that helped inspire his first five books He now lives in Hungary with his wife and daughter.He has published stories and poetry in various literary journals over the years His first novel, The Bridge of Sighs 2003 , the start of a five book sequence chronicling Cold War Eastern Europe, one book per decade, was nominated for five awards.The second book of the series, The Confession, garnered significant critical acclaim, and 36 Yalta Boulevard The Vienna Assignment in the UK , made three year end best of lists Liberation Movements The Istanbul Variations in the UK , was listed for four best of lists and was nominated for an Edgar Award for best novel of the year The final novel in the series, Victory Square, published in 2007, was a New York Times editor s choice.With The Tourist, he has left the Cold War behind, beginning a trilogy of spy tales focused on international deception in the post 9 11 world Happily, George Clooney s Smoke House Films has picked up the rights, with Mr Clooney scheduled to star.http us.macmillan.com author olenst

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  • Paperback
  • 288 pages
  • The Bridge of Sighs
  • Olen Steinhauer
  • English
  • 19 July 2018
  • 0312326017

10 thoughts on “ The Bridge of Sighs

  1. Carl R. says:

    I read somewhere that Olen Steinhauer was a good mystery writer He is And isThe Bridge Of Sighs, set in an unnamed Eastern European country, post WWII, traces the efforts of newly minted homicide detective Emil Brod to solve the murder of a fairly famous songwriter The investigation is also his coming of age as policeman, adult, and survivor in a totalitarian society The Bridge of Sighs is Venetian, the last crossing for convicted criminals before their incarceration in a famously I read somewhere that Olen Steinhauer was a good mystery writer He is And isThe Bridge Of Sighs, set in an unnamed Eastern European country, post WWII, traces the efforts of newly minted homicide detective Emil Brod to solve the murder of a fairly famous songwriter The investigation is also his coming of age as policeman, adult, and survivor in a totalitarian society The Bridge of Sighs is Venetian, the last crossing for convicted criminals before their incarceration in a famously brutal prison I thought I remembered a recent movie of the same name, but could only find old ones, produced long before the 2003 publication of Steinhauer s version of what has obviously been a phrase that attracted artists of various media for some time In this case, it s a metaphor for crossing into brutal horrors of Stalinist oppression Brod s a ...

  2. June Ahern says:

    I have a new detective to add to favorites Harry Bosch, Kinsey Millhone, Guido Brunetti and he is Emil Brod, 23 year old newly hired homicide investigator for the People s Militia The story is set in 1948 s post Russia s liberating Brod s small country from German occupation His first case is of a state s songwriter The young detective is not welcomed by his fellow homicide investigators, making Brod waffle on his career decision Having never read any fiction contemporary about this I have a new detective to add to favorites Harry Bosch, Kinsey Millhone, Guido Brunetti and he is Emil Brod, 23 year old newly hired homicide investigator for the People s Militia The story is set in 1948 s post Russia s liberating Brod s small country from German...

  3. Linda says:

    WWII has recently ground to a halt, and Eastern Europe is now occupied by the Russians rather than the Germans Not much difference, life is still exceedingly grim Into this atmosphere, idealistic new detective Emil Brod begins his career As if survival itself isn t difficult enough, Emil s fellow police officers shun him When he finally lands his first case, it turns out to be a political quagmire of a murder In a way, The Bridge of Sighs a symbol of this brave new prole society is a WWII has recently ground to a halt, and Eastern Europe is now occupied by the Russians rather than the Germans Not much difference, life is still exceedingly grim Into this atmosphere, idealistic new detective Emil Brod begins his career As if survival itself isn t difficult enough, Emil s fellow police officers shun him When he finally lands his first case, it turns out to be a political quagmire of a murder In a way, The Bridge of Sighs a symbol of this brave new prole society is a retro sort of cold war novel There is very little difference between the criminals and the politicos, and poor Emil must struggle mightily to make any headway in solving...

  4. Alex Cantone says:

    They crossed the Georgian Bridge and parked near the arched footbridges leading to the labyrinth It was quiet here no farmers shouting out their vegetables, and no engines rumbled so their footsteps on stone, and the fifth step of Emil s cane, echoed before them They walked in perpetual shadow Faces peered through slits in yellowed lace curtains, and some pensioners came out on their stoops to watch Emil and Leonek pass In place of engines, there was the quiet murmur of water smacking They crossed the Georgian Bridge and parked near the arched footbridges leading to the labyrinth It was quiet here no farmers shouting out their vegetables, and no engines rumbled so their footsteps on stone, and the fifth step of Emil s cane, echoed before them They walked in perpetual shadow Faces peered through slits in yellowed lace curtains, and some pensioners came out on their stoops to watch Emil and Leonek pass In place of engines, there was the quiet murmur of water smacking stone Cats in windowsills kept track of them.1948, in the Eastern Bloc, a young Inspector Emil Brod, fresh from the academy has joined the Militia s Ho...

  5. Ms.pegasus says:

    It s August 1948 in an unnamed Eastern European country, and Emil Brod has reported for his first day on the job as the newbie in the People s Militia He lives with his grandparents, and as if he were a kid off to his first day at school, his grandmother has made sure he wore his best suit It s tight, ill fitting, and pure torture in the sweltering heat of the office None of his new co workers are welcoming Instead, he is ignored, finds a threatening note in his desk drawer and is physically It s August 1948 in an unnamed Eastern European country, and Emil Brod has reported for his first day on the job as the newbie in the People s Militia He lives with his grandparents, and as if he were a kid off to his first day at school, his grandmother has made sure he wore his best suit It s tight, ill fitting, and pure torture in the sweltering heat of the office None of his new co workers are welcoming Instead, he is ignored, finds a threatening note in his desk drawer and is physically assaulted The atmosphere of the office feels like a microcosm of the outside world, poisoned by mutual suspicion, Cold War paranoia, politically motivated imprisonments and executions and secret files on nearly everyone Bombed out rubble and bullet pocked buildings still scar the city three years after the end of the war Russian soldie...

  6. Toni Osborne says:

    Book 1, in the Emil Brod seriesThis unique portrayal begins in 1948 and captures the life and crime of a small Eastern Country Unnamed after the Russians liberated it from the German Occupation The people continue to struggle with rebuilding and coming to terms with their destiny There are suspicious of their liberators and their Communist ideology We are into a volatile terrain throughout this auspicious crime novel I am a huge fan of the Milo Weaver series so it is of no surprise my Book 1, in the Emil Brod seriesThis unique portrayal begins in 1948 and captures the life and crime of a small Eastern Country Unnamed after the Russians liberated it from the German Occupation The people continue to struggle with rebuilding and coming to terms with their destiny There are suspicious of their liberators and their Communist ideology We are into a volatile terrain throughout this auspicious crime novel I am a huge fan of the Milo Weaver series so it is of no surprise my curiosity brought me to his de...

  7. SlowRain says:

    During the early part of the Cold War, an inexperienced investigator in an unnamed, fictitious Eastern European country is given a case that no one wants solved.In an impressive, Edgar nominated debut Best First Novel , Olen Steinhauer gives us a mystery and a story of Cold War political intrigue, set in a country he describes as the intersection of Poland, Slovakia, Ukraine, Hungary, and Romania It s part one of a five book series with each novel featuring different characters but all During the early part of the Cold War, an in...

  8. Robert French says:

    Early in The Bridge of Sighs I was unsure whether I would like the novel, but as I continued I became quite engaged, not only in the characters, but also in the setting Olen Steinhauer provides a picture of a time and plac...

  9. Marty Fried says:

    Another winner by Olen Steinhauer I ve enjoyed all the books I ve read by this author, and I m happy to see there sin this series The main character in this book is a strange young man named Emil Brod, a new homicide inspector in some Eastern European country in 1948 who doesn t know when to quit He goes after some higher up politico that has the power to just have someone shot without any apparent consequences, something he demonstrates pretty dramatically, though fortunately Another winner by Olen Steinhauer I ve enjoyed all the books I ve read by this author, and I m happy to see there sin this series The main character in this book is a strange young man named Emil Brod, a new homicide inspector in some Eastern European country in 1948 who doesn t know when to quit He goes after some higher up politico that has the power to just have someone shot...

  10. David says:

    With Bridge of Sighs, Olen Steinhauer cemented his place in my top five favorite writers He joins El Leonard, Neal Stephenson, Neil Gaiman, and Paolo Bacigalupi all writers I can depend on for a great story well told.I was a fan of Steinhauer after reading The Tourist, and the hook dug ever deeper as I read the sequels, Nearest Exit and An American Spy From what I can tell, Bridge of Sighs is the first novel Steinhauer wrote The edges are a bit rougher than his most recent trilogy, but With Bridge of Sighs, Olen Steinhauer cemented his place in my top five favorite writers He joins El Leonard, Neal Stephenson, Neil Gaiman, and Paolo Bacigalupi all writers I can depend on for a great story well told.I was a fan of Steinhauer after reading The Tourist, and the hook dug ever deeper as I read the sequels, Nearest Exit and An American Spy From what I can tell, Bridge of Sighs is the first novel Steinhauer wrote The edges are a bit rougher than his most recent trilogy, but they aren t that rough Bridge of Sighs is the first book in a series of five Set in 1948, it tells the story of Comrade Inspector Emil Brod, the newest edition of the Homic...

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