The Bridge of Sighs



The Bridge of SighsIn This Auspicious Literary Crime Debut, An Inexperienced Homicide Detective Struggles Amid The Lawlessness Of A Post WWII Eastern European CityIt S August 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 MilitiaThe 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 Th Century The Bridge Of Sighs Is A Edgar Award Nominee For Best First Novel

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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  • 13 October 2019
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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 b 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 young guy who makes a ton of mistakes I don t recall an author putting his protagonist in worse situations than Steinhauer creates for poor Emil But we re always on his side and hopeful even when he stumbles and bumbles Sometimes because he has such a good heart he doesn t always , and sometimes because the evil guys are so unimaginably vile Reviewers often use the word gritty to describe detective novels In this case, it s not figurative In a bombed out environment where so much is in ruins and the main dish is cabbage, it s impossible to stay clean, it seems Streets, clothes, water, morals, are all soiled all the time I guess that s another thing that makes Brod appealing, his desperate struggle to stay clean And that s what makes The Bridge of Sighs a literary as well as a genre novel The crime is greater than the sum of the plot

  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 ti 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 time period the history of the political and social upheaval was enticing to me witnessing, not only the killings that continue, but the desperation of the economy and people The author, Olen Steinhauser, draws in the reader through this desperation seen in all the characters, a desperation that doesn t stop life nor Detective Comrade Brod from doing his job This is Steinhauser s first novel and I look forward toThe Skye in June

  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 ret 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 this murder Along the way, he falls in love, visits Germany, drinks a lot, refuses to follow well meant advice, and barely escapes with his life By the time the story comes to a conclusion, twenty three year old Emil feels as old as his grandfather.This is an interesting murder mystery, but the atmosphere is so desolate that it drains the reader of energy Emil in his naivete and optimism is a likable protagonist who must fightthan pimps, murderers, and thieves as he tries to build a life for himself Tres noir

  4. 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 unsuccess 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 unsuccessfully, with Brod, who is told to drop the case But he can t do that, because the book would be pretty uninteresting if he did But the good news is that all the people he works with and for no longer seem to hate him after this happens, and he even becomes friendly with some, including the one who kicked him in the testicles earlier in the story

  5. 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 st 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 Homicide section He is shunned and abused by the other detectives, finally to be assigned the case of a songwriter, Janus Crowder, found beaten to death in his apartment, that has been ransacked He tries to interview the building supervisor, Alekander Tudor, who found the body and is notably nervous No luck with the neighbours, a family from Eastern Poland who fled there when that part of the country became Belarus In vain he arranges to get a motor vehicle to speak to the widow, Lena Hanic, who lives in a grand house in the countryside When the body of Aleksander Tudor is brought from the canal Brod suspects the murders might be politically motivated The Bridge of Sighs is the first of five novels based in the Eastern Bloc, each spanning a different decade Author Olen Steinhauer paints a vivid picture of daily life in the capital, three years after the war ended Russians soldiers on the streets, women queuing to fill bottles and buckets with water from spigots, food consisting of bread and cabbage soup, drinking brandy, smoking rough black Russian cigarettes, women in black sleeping in doorways while they search for missing husbands.There are flashbacks to the early years of the war when young Brod stayed with his grandparents in the south, the family giving shelter to Romanian Jews, while his parents went to the front and perished His late teens in Helsinki where he went seal hunting in the Arctic to earn money Against this background is an emerging love story and police procedural.A little slow at first but a worthy read, with references to Dostoyevsky s The Brothers Karamazov , the title is taken from a description of Venice from a crew on the seal hunt.The Croat described the walk from his friend s palazzo to a canal that was overlooked, high up, by a covered bridge that connected two stone walls The doomed, he told them They crossed here to their way to the prisons They call it the Bridge of Sighs at the end of that short walk across the bridge, his life would be lived behind a stone wall Behind iron bars He would live and die in the dark.

  6. 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 soldiers roam like hooligans, a constant reminder of the new order.There is a plot Janos Crowder, celebrated writer of patriotic songs, intimate of the political elite, and husband of Lena Hanic, heir to a fortune thanks to the machinations of her late father, has been found murdered in his apartment Emil has been assigned the case because it is politically dangerous No one wants to be mired in a case with political connections A convoluted and suspenseful story of intrigue flows from this beginning I have to admit, however, that I found Emil s uncomfortable relationship with his grandfatherinteresting than the plot Emil spent World War II, known as the Patriotic War, on a Finnish seal hunting boat rather than at the front He is a disappointment to his grandfather, a staunch communist whose views were molded by witnessing the proletarian uprising in Russia in 1917 and the German invasion during World War IIFor Avram Brod, there were two events in history The Russian Revolution and the Patriotic War which resulted in his country s proletarian liberation In both these events he had been close enough to smell the dead, but too late to make a differencep.61 Avram projects that sense of impotence on Emil and on his wife with outbursts of brutality and abuse Avram s idol is a man named Jerzy Michalec, known as Smerdyakov the Butcher for his wartime exploits Michalec is now a dangerous politico somehow connected to Emil s case As for the man s wartime accolades,Grandfather called it courage, but Emil wasn t sure that courage was the right word for butchersp.101 The book is interspersed with flashbacks of Emil s life His own parents were killed in the war With his grandparents, he fled to the provinces when the Germans invaded There, he encountered a growing stream of Jews fleeing from the Germans He developed a weakness for damaged women Then he fled to Finland, seeking his own independence from the dogmatism of his grandfather On the seal hunting boat he discovered his own skill at butchering seals, and chilling encounters with impulsive violence.This was the first novel in a series referred to as the Yalta Blvd Quintet The succeeding titles are THE CONFESSION, 36 YALTA BOULEVARD, LIBERATION MOVEMENTS and VICTORY SQUARE I had mixed feelings about the book The Eastern bloc mood and Emil s conflicted feelings were interesting However, at some point the plot veers off and becomes a romance which never felt plausible This book did not encourage me to complete the series

  7. 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 curi 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 debut novel written in 2003 which introduced 22 year old Emil Brod as homicide inspector of the People s Militia as the protagonist Emil spent the war working on a fishing boat in Finland and finally gets his chance to serve his country investigating murders This is his first outing in a series of 5 installments so far.This not an easy read The depiction of broken people who survive the Nazi to only find themselves in the clutch of the Russians is a hard story to take and follow This book has a repressive atmosphere highlighting corruption, the starvation, the violence, etc all the while seeing the protagonist a rookie trying to find his way through the maze of intrigue, cruelty and ugliness in order to investigate and solve his cases I had trouble concentrating and keeping up with this blend of police procedural, political treatise and love story My mind kept on wandering and I never could grasp the essence of all what was going on There was something in the style that didn t agree with me, the narrative did not pique my interest and I fast lost interest The plot was rather weak IMO and I could easily predict the outcome from the get go It was a rough read and I am surprise I actually made it to the ending Maybe it is better to set our mind that this novel is not some frolic in escapism but rather about Soviet repression.Many have enjoyed this novel immensely seems I may I missed the boat on this one altogether

  8. 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 rev 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 revolving around the same Militia office on Yalta Boulevard in that country.Steinhauer s narrative style is fairly spare, yet the atmosphere and the characters personalities slowly emerge through each chapter The mystery and tension are built up slowly, and there isn t much in the way of ridiculous, impossible to believe action The protagonist is made of flesh, and he s one of the few I ve read who gets hurt and stays realistically hurt While there are a few mystery clich s present in the novel, they do relate to the plot and are not always used in the traditional sense read the novel, you ll know what I mean If I were to log a complaint, it would have to be the last three chapters The climax seemed like it couldn t decide if it wanted to be action or anti action Also, there was too much summing up and wrapping up for my taste If you are a reader who likes a nice summary to explain everything at the end of the novel and have all your questions answered, then you may not be as affected by it as I was I d say the last three chapters caused the novel to drop from four stars to three.Nevertheless, I do recommend this novel to fans of John le Carr , Martin Cruz Smith, Alan Furst, and Philip Kerr I look forward to reading the next one in the sequence

  9. 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 place that I have read little about not long after the end of WWII, during the time of the Berlin Airlift and in the eastern bloc occupied by the Soviets Well worth the reading and I certainly plan to continue reading the books of the Yalta Boulevard Sequence 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 place that I have read little about not long after the end of WWII, during the time of the Berlin Airlift and in the eastern bloc occupied by the Soviets Well worth the reading and I certainly plan to continue reading the books of the Yalta Boulevard Sequence

  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 Homicide Division of the State Militia in a country Steinhauer never gets around to naming We know it isn t Russia, Germany, Yugoslavia, or a few other Eastern Bloc countries mentioned during the course of the novel According to other reviewers, the country is something the author made up, a hodgepodge drawn from Steinhauer s studies abroad Brod enters the Homicide Division fresh out of the Academy, but quickly finds it is not at all like his instructors described His fellow inspectors won t speak to him, and have left a threatening note in his desk as their only greeting to him His boss, likewise, doesn t seem to want Brod around, and only begrudgingly assigns him to a case after Brod demands it That s when things begin to go very wrong.Soon, Brod finds himself in over his head inways than one As he slowly pieces together the clues to solve a murder, he becomes a bigger and bigger target of some very powerful and deadly people I know that sounds like the tagline to half of the thrillers out there, but to saywould spoil the story for you Suffice it to say, Steinhauer keeps you turning the pages Bridge of Sighs paints a vivid portrait of post war life behind the Iron Curtain The author s knack for detail is incredible, and had me rereading paragraphs in admiration for his touch There s a fine line between creating an evocative setting and dumping in so much detail that it stops the story Steinhauer knows how to stay on the evocative side.Likewise, his characters are believably human while also being compelling heroes and villains The book could have easily fallen prey to Boris and Natasha stereotypes, but it does not Every character is unique, yet utterly realistic I had no trouble believing their motivations, their actions, and their desires.If you re not reading Olen Steinhauer, you are doing yourself a grave disservice He is a treasure, and I am very glad to have discovered him

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