The Bridge of Sighs
A NovelYalta Boulevard Quintet (Volume 1)
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St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 9781429981163288 Pages
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.
Macavity Award - Nominee, Edgar Allan Poe Award Nominee, Anthony Awards - Nominee, Edgar Allen Poe Award Nominee
THE BRIDGE OF SIGHS (Chapter One)
The greeting was in his desk, the center drawer: a piece of fish-stained cardboard with a clumsily drawn stick figure. It had a circular head and an X for each eye. A fat knife separated the head from its stick...
Praise for The Bridge of Sighs
“A novel of intense vitality... Lots of humor, lots of threads and an ever-deepening mystery that is unique and a fine start for a very promising new author.” —J. Robert Janes, author of Dollmaker