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The Confession Steinhauer has crafted a mesmerizing and richly atmospheric follow-up to his 2003 debut, ''The Bridge of Sighs.'' Set in an unnamed Eastern European...The Confession Steinhauer has crafted a mesmerizing and richly atmospheric follow-up to his 2003 debut, ''The Bridge of Sighs.'' Set in an unnamed Eastern European...2004-03-12

Steinhauer has crafted a mesmerizing and richly atmospheric follow-up to his 2003 debut, ”The Bridge of Sighs.” Set in an unnamed Eastern European country under satellite Soviet rule in 1956, this meticulously researched novel follows Ferenc Kolyeszar, a homicide inspector and WWII veteran who morbidly wears the rings of his war victims. While investigating the suicide of a former museum curator and the disappearance of a party official’s wife, Kolyeszar discovers a possible high-level government connection to both crimes that forces him to reevaluate his priorities – and his political loyalties. Though it often moves at a frustratingly slow clip, ”The Confession” entertainingly captures the fear and frustration of a ”society of discontent with its hand on its only pistol, waiting to fire.”

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