The Bridge of Sighs

The Bridge of Sighs

Book - 2003
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Investigating murders for the post-World War II People's Militia, Emil Brod suspects political motives behind the killing of a state songwriter and finds himself accused of spying by his corrupt colleagues in the homicide department.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, c2003
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312302450
0312302452
Branch Call Number: MYS Stei
Characteristics: 278 p

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I picked up this book on recommendation of CBC book review. It took over 100 pages to get into the story. Hope in this society is futile and graft is rife. Life is grim. People are dishonest. It is all so depressing and ending is not satisfying. Emil gets beaten, robbed, hoodwinked by his boss and solves a case for which he gets no credit. This is dismal reading.

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wyenotgo
Jun 12, 2016

Raymond Chandler, please meet Frederick Forsyth! Shades of The Third Man: dark, gritty, compelling, the way a hard-boiled detective yarn should be. We're in an Eastern European country, 1948. The Russians are in charge; the cold war and the Berlin airlift are under way. Truth doesn't exist, misery is everywhere and a 22 year old freshly minted cop is on his first day at his new job. He is assigned to a case that no one wants to see solved.
This one has it all: an alluring woman whose life is in danger; corrupt politicos pulling hidden strings; jaded, hard-drinking cops; disreputable bars; sleazy prostitutes; dark alleyways; crumbling waterfront neighborhoods; dead bodies appearing everywhere. And no answers. What more could a noir enthusiast ask for?

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athena14
Oct 03, 2014

This book is not a mystery, except in the sense that it tells of the unbelievable situations people lived through in eastern Europe during and after WWII. Every man in the novel has done evil things, many to women who love them.

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