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 country under…
Book Review

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 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.''

Originally posted Mar 12, 2004 Published in issue #755 Mar 12, 2004 Order article reprints
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