The Bridge of Sighs

The Bridge of Sighs

Book - 2003
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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 Press, c2003
ISBN: 9780312302450
Characteristics: 278 pages ;,22 cm.


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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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