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Liberation Movements

Liberation Movements

A Novel

Yalta Boulevard Quintet (Volume 4)

Olen Steinhauer

Minotaur Books


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

Olen Steinhauer's acclaimed literary crime series set in a fictional country in Eastern Europe began in the heady post--World War II era and has taken readers from the first noise of revolution through to the chaos of the 1960s and '70s.

The year is 1975, and one of the People's Militia homicide investigators is on a plane out of the capital, bound for Istanbul. The plane is hijacked by Armenian terrorists, but before the Turkish authorities can fulfill their demands, the plane explodes in midair.

Two investigators---Gavra Noukas, a secret policeman, and Katja Drdova, a homicide detective---are assigned to the case. Both believe that Brano Sev, their enigmatic superior and himself a career secret policeman, is keeping them in the dark both about the details of the case and all its players and about the true motives of their investigation, but they can't figure out why. That is, until they learn that everything is connected to a seven-year-old murder, a seemingly insignificant murder that has had far-reaching consequences.

The politics and history for which Olen Steinhauer's novels have been most praised turn intimate and highly compelling in this ambitious new novel.

Edgar Allen Poe Award Nominee, Edgar Allan Poe Award Nominee

Chapter One


"Two days ago---Saturday---we find you in the middle of Cÿeské Budeÿjovice, walking the main street in a daze. Correct me if I'm wrong, please. You don't have the documents to be in Cÿeské Budeÿjovice,...

Praise for Liberation Movements

“It is an exhilarating and enjoyable ride.” —Los Angeles Times

“An inspired choice---giving history and politics a chance to simmer over the flame of murder.” —Chicago Tribune

“Dazzling . . . a skilled writer working at the top of his form.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Steinhauer again displays his masterful manipulation of character, plot, and reader expectations. . . . A fast, intriguing read.” —Library Journal (starred review)

“Cool and cerebral crime thriller.” —Kirkus Reviews 


Reviews from Goodreads

Olen Steinhauer

OLEN STEINHAUER, the New York Times bestselling author of ten previous novels including The Tourist, is a Dashiell Hammett Award winner, a two-time Edgar award finalist, and has also been shortlisted for the Anthony, the Macavity, the Ellis Peters Historical Dagger, the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger, and the Barry awards. Raised in Virginia, he lives in New York and Budapest, Hungary. Visit

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