Fine mystery, fine writing woven into politics surrounding fall of Communism

July 16, 2009

Bobz Book Reviews

“Victory Square,”

by Olen Steinhauer

Characters you find yourself cheering for get involved in the chaos of an Eastern European country as its Communist government falls.

That’s the storyline behind this well-written novel with flashes of — even a foundation in — real-life history.

There’s global politics, too, and international intrigue as people on a list start dying. Emil Brod, the chief of detectives just days away from retirement, and detective/spy Garva Noukas search for answers.

Olen Steinhauer makes you care about what happens to these two, and that’s key to any good novel. The plus is that “Victory Square” is as much literature as it is mystery.

What’s unique in a mystery, too, is that it offers an other-than-American point of view of the global politics of that time when the Soviet empire was crumbling, and seeing historical events through others’ eyes can bring clearer vision to readers.

Pick up this 355-page St. Martin’s Minotaur paperback for a great read. — bz
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