The Bridge of Sighs

The Bridge of Sighs

eBook - 2003
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Investigating murders for the post-World War II People's Militia, young detective Emil Brod suspects political motives behind the killing of a state songwriter and finds himself accused of spying by his corrupt colleagues in the homicide department. 25,000 first printing.

Macmillan School

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.

Publisher: New York :, St. Martin's Minotaur,, 2003
ISBN: 9781429981163
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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I picked up this book on recommendation of CBC book review. It took over 100 pages to get into the story. Hope in this society is futile and graft is rife. Life is grim. People are dishonest. It is all so depressing and ending is not satisfying. Emil gets beaten, robbed, hoodwinked by his boss and solves a case for which he gets no credit. This is dismal reading.

Jun 12, 2016

Raymond Chandler, please meet Frederick Forsyth! Shades of The Third Man: dark, gritty, compelling, the way a hard-boiled detective yarn should be. We're in an Eastern European country, 1948. The Russians are in charge; the cold war and the Berlin airlift are under way. Truth doesn't exist, misery is everywhere and a 22 year old freshly minted cop is on his first day at his new job. He is assigned to a case that no one wants to see solved.
This one has it all: an alluring woman whose life is in danger; corrupt politicos pulling hidden strings; jaded, hard-drinking cops; disreputable bars; sleazy prostitutes; dark alleyways; crumbling waterfront neighborhoods; dead bodies appearing everywhere. And no answers. What more could a noir enthusiast ask for?

Oct 03, 2014

This book is not a mystery, except in the sense that it tells of the unbelievable situations people lived through in eastern Europe during and after WWII. Every man in the novel has done evil things, many to women who love them.

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