36 Yalta Boulevard

36 Yalta Boulevard

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Baker & Taylor
A member of the homicide department of the people's militia, State Security Officer Brano Sev is sent to the village of his birth to interrogate a potential defector, but his mission is complicated by a murder in which he becomes the prime suspect, sending him into exile in Vienna and into the heart of high-level political intrigue. 35,000 first printing.

McMillan Palgrave
Olen Steinhauer's acclaimed first two novels, The Bridge of Sighs and The Confession, have garnered thus far an Edgar nomination, an Anthony nomination, a Macavity nomination, a Historical Dagger nomination, and five starred reviews. Now he takes this superb literary series set in a nameless Eastern European country into the 1960s.

State Security Officer Brano Sev is the secretive member of the homicide department of the capital's people's militia. No one else quite trusts him, but it is part of his job to do what the authorities ask, no matter what. So when he gets an order to travel to the village of his birth in order to interrogate a potential defector, he goes. When a man turns up dead shortly after he arrives, and Brano is framed for the murder, he assumes this is part of the plan and allows it to run its course. But when the plan leads him into exile in Vienna, he finally begins to ask questions.
In fact, in The Man from Yalta Boulevard, a tour-de-force political thriller from Olen Steinhauer, Comrade Brano Sev learns that loyalty to the cause might be the biggest crime of all.


Blackwell North Amer
State Security Officer Brano Sev is the secretive member of the homicide department of the capital's people's militia. None of his colleagues quite trust him, but it is part of his job to do what the authorities ask, no matter what. At least it was until he was fired and sent to work in a factory, the third man down the assembly line, fitting electrical wires into gauges. Regardless of his shame at his demotion and his boredom with the new job, Brano follows orders.
So when he gets a directive from his old bosses (his direct supervisor, Colonel Laszlo Cerny, and the intimidating men above him at the Ministry of State Security, collectively known for the address of their headquarters on Yalta Boulevard, a windowless building consisting of blind offices and dark cells) to resume his job in state security and travel to the village of his birth in order to interrogate a potential defector, he goes.
A villager turns up dead shortly after he arrives, and Brano is framed for the murder. Again, trusting his superiors, he assumes this is part of their plan and allows it to run its course, but when the plan leads him into exile in Vienna, he finally begins to ask questions.
In fact, Comrade Brano Sev learns that loyalty to the cause might be the biggest crime of all.

Baker
& Taylor

A member of the homicide department of the people's militia, State Security Officer Brano Sev is sent to the village of his birth to interrogate a potential defector, but his mission is complicated by a murder in which he becomes the prime suspect.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Minotaur, 2005.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780312332013
0312332017
Characteristics: 308 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Alternative Title: Thirty-six Yalta Boulevard

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Having read the Bridge of Sighs, I don't have the fortitude to plow through another of these grim story lines. I hope his later works lighten up a bit.

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