OLEN STEINHAUER was inspired to write his Eastern European crime series---including The Bridge of Sighs, The Confession, 36 Yalta Boulevard, and now Liberation Movements---while on a Fulbright Fellowship in Romania. The Bridge of Sighs was shortlisted for the Ellis Peters Historical Dagger Award, the Edgar Award for best first novel, the Anthony Award, the Barry Award, and the Macavity Award. Steinhauer was raised in Virginia and currently lives in Budapest. Visit his Web site at www.olensteinhauer.com.
Praise for Olen Steinhauer "Steinhauer again displays his masterful manipulation of character, plot, and reader expectations. . . . A fast, intriguing read. Highly recommended."
---Library Journal (starred review) on Liberation Movements
"Dazzling . . . a skilled writer working at the top of his form."
---Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Liberation Movements
"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) on 36 Yalta Boulevard
"Steinhauer's people are real, the crimes genuine, and he is telling larger truths about that era, making it unusually accessible."
---David Halberstam, Los Angeles Times, on 36 Yalta Boulevard
"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."
---The 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
"Think of the savage brilliance of J. Robert Janes's mysteries about World War II France; of the suspenseful erudition of Alan Furst's thrillers. Steinhauer's debut is right up there on those stellar heights, casting new light on relatively recent history we thought we already knew everything about."
---Chicago Tribune on The Bridge of Sighs
"Time, place, and cast are all richly evoked in a well-written, often gripping debut."
---Kirkus Reviews (starred review) on The Bridge of Sighs
"With its convincingly treacherous cast of turncoats, opportunists, party hacks, and rogue Russians, The Bridge of Sighs is a richly atmospheric tale of one man's quixotic struggle to decipher the bleak enigma of postwar Eastern Europe."
---Dan Fesperman, author of The Warlord's Son, on The Bridge of Sighs