The Bridge of Sighs

The Bridge of Sighs

eBook - 2003
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An inexperienced homicide detective struggles amid the lawlessness of a post-WWII Eastern European city.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Minotaur, 2003.
Edition: 1st St. Martin's Griffin ed.
ISBN: 9781429981163
Characteristics: 1 online resource.


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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.

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?

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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