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From the author of New York Times bestseller The Tourist...

It's August, 1948, three years after the Russians "liberated" the 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 finally gets his chance to serve his country, investigating murder for the People's Militia.

The first victim is a state songwriter, but the facts point to a political motive. Emil would like to investigate further, but his colleagues in Homicide are suspicious or silent: He is on his own in this new, dangerous world.

The Bridge of Sighs launches a unique series of crime novels featuring a 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.

Mysteries & Thrillers
April 1
St. Martin's Publishing Group

Customer Reviews

Sadaunhe ,

Good read

I purchased this book after reading the author's two more recent titles, 'The Tourist' and 'The Nearest Exit'. This book and it's sequel are fine examples of detective fiction, with the twist that they are set in the immediate aftermath of WW2 behind the Iron Curtain. The main character is a typically flawed noir detective, but his baggage is unique in being political and temporal. The combination of the setting and the supporting cast that results along with this unique detective makes for a great read.

USA Gooner ,

Love the mood

Like many, I got here through Tourism. Wasn’t sure whether the author’s spotlight on the cold war era would hold the same allure and drama. Well, like the reviews say - it’s one of the best books (series) that you’ve never read. The moral ambivalence that attracted me to Milo is all here as well, too. Read this first - and then follow the whole Yalta Boulevard Sequence. You’ll be transported to a special place.

Liyorah ,

the bridge of sighs

excellent post war thriller set in a mythical eastern european satellite of russia. in this setting, the author details a young policeman's development of an avocation in bringing killers to justice. extremely well written.

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