Praise for 36 Yalta Boulevard and Olen Steinhauer
"[Steinhauer's] people are real, the crimes genuine, and he is telling larger truths about that era, making it unusually accessible."
---David Halberstam, LA Times
"A brainy thriller motored by stylishness and brevity. Steinhauer evokes the baroque, bureaucratic nature of the Ministry without choking his readers on it, and he can render it humorous without being satirical. His characters, too, are subtle and biting."
"Brano Sev is Steinhauer's most intriguing hero yet, and that's saying something….With its shifting perceptions, pervasive paranoia, and truly unpredictable plot, this will be savored by readers of well-crafted espionage ranging from Alan Furst to John le Carré."
---Booklist (starred review)
"Steinhauer is a master at entangling a compelling protagonist in a spellbinding web where each broken thread entraps the character (and the reader) in yet another mystery. This is an imaginative, brilliantly plotted espionage thriller, with finely detailed settings and a protagonist of marvelous complexity. Highly recommended."
--Library Journal (starred review)
"A wonderfully taut tale that is part police procedural, part political thriller, part love story....Steinhauer has created a vivid world in a lost time."
---Washington Post Book World on The Confession
"A mesmerizing and richly atmospheric follow-up to his 2003 debut."
---Entertainment Weekly on The Confession
"The Confession is a clever reworking of the police procedural: The narrative-within-a-narrative exposes multiple levels of complicity and guilt that make this an affecting, sobering entry in one of the most inventive series around."
---Los Angeles Times on The Confession