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Review 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.?---Esquire?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 Carr?.?---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? Read more From the Inside Flap ?[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 on 36 Yalta Boulevard?Olen Steinhauer?s first two novels, The Bridge of Sighs and The Confession, launched an acclaimed literary crime series set in post--World War II Eastern Europe. Now he takes his dynamic cast of characters into the shadowy political climate of the 1960s.State Security Officer Brano Sev?s job is to do what his superiors ask, no matter what. Even if that means leaving his post to work the assembly line in a factory, fitting electrical wires into gauges. So when he gets a directive from his old bosses---the intimidating men above him at the Ministry of State Security, collectively known for the address of their headquarters on Yalta Boulevard, a windowless building consisting of blind offices and dark cells---he follows orders. This time he is to resume his job in State Security and travel to the village of his birth in order to interrogate a potential defector. But when a villager turns up dead shortly after he arrives, Brano is framed for the murder. Again trusting his superiors, he assumes this is part of their plan and allows it to run its course, a decision that leads him into exile in Vienna, where he finally begins to ask questions.The answers in 36 Yalta Boulevard, Olen Steinhauer?s tour-de-force political thriller, teach Comrade Brano Sev that loyalty to the cause might be the biggest crime of all. Read more See all Editorial Reviews