The Confession (Inspector Ferenc Kolyeszar)

The Confession (Inspector Ferenc Kolyeszar) Eastern Europe, Comrade Inspector Ferenc Kolyeszar, Who Is A Proletariat Writer In Addition To His Job As A State Militia Homicide Detective, Is A Man On The Brink Estranged From His Wife, Whom He Believes Is Cheating On Him With One Of His Colleagues, And Frustrated By Writer S Block, Ferenc S Attention Is Focused On His Job But His Job Is Growing Increasingly Political, Something That Makes Him Profoundly UncomfortableWhen Ferenc Is Asked To Look Into The Disappearance Of A Party Member S Wife And Learns Some Unsavory Facts About Their Lives, The Absurdity Of His Position As An Employee Of The State Is Suddenly Exposed At The Same Time, He And His Fellow Militia Officers Are Pressed Into Service Policing A Popular Demonstration In The Capital, One That Ferenc Might Rather Be Participating In These Two Situations, Coupled With An Investigation Into The Murder Of A Painter That Leads Them To A Man Recently Released From The Camps, Brings Ferenc Closer To Danger Than Ever Before From Himself, From His Superiors, From The Capital S Shadowy Criminal Element The Confession Is A Fantastic Follow Up To Olen Steinhauer S Brilliant Debut, The Bridge Of Sighs, And It Guarantees To Advance This Talented Writer On His Way To Being One Of The Premiere Thriller Writers Of A Generation

Olen Steinhauer grew up in Virginia, and has since lived in Georgia, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Texas, California, Massachusetts, and New York Outside the US, he s lived in Croatia when it was called Yugoslavia , the Czech Republic and Italy He also spent a year in Romania on a Fulbright grant, an experience that helped inspire his first five books He now lives in Hungary with his wife and dau

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  • 336 pages
  • The Confession (Inspector Ferenc Kolyeszar)
  • Olen Steinhauer
  • English
  • 07 February 2019
  • 9780312338152

10 thoughts on “The Confession (Inspector Ferenc Kolyeszar)

  1. says:

    The second book in a five book series by Olen Steinhauer, The Confession is an interesting move by the author Most series stay with the same point of view character or characters, if there is than one , so I was expecting The Confession to continue with Emil Brod, the hero of Bridge of Sighs But Steinhauer not only departs from that tradition, but also changes the narrative voice where Bridge of Sighs was a third person narrative, The Confession is told in first person, from the point of view of Ferenc Kolyeszar a character barely mentioned in the previous novel The Confession begins eight years after Bridge of Sighs Kolyeszar s marriage to his beautiful wife is in trouble, and he suspects her of infidelity Distracted from his work as a homicide investigator for the People s Militia, he brushes off his partner s suggestion that an apparent suicide is something sinister Then another body turns up, and Kolyeszar finds himself splitting his time between murder, corrupt politicians, and his crumbling marriage.While still a good book with a few twists and turns, The Confession nevertheless isn t quite as good as Bridge of Sighs, and pales in comparison to Steinhauer s newer books in the Milo Weaver series The Tourist, Nearest Exit, and An American Spy I m still eager to read the next book in the series, 36 Yalta Boulevard, which leaps another ten years and seems to focus on a new character And even if this novel isn t quite as good as the author s other books, it s still better than most novels on the shelves these days.

  2. says:

    An Historical Thriller with an Insider s View of Communism in Eastern Europe1956 Nikita Khruschev s Secret Speech denouncing Stalin s crimes the Hungarian uprising and unrest in Poland it triggered the British, French, and Israeli invasion of Egypt following Gamal Abdel Nasser s nationalization of the Suez Canal Sputnik s launch It was a watershed year, somewhat comparable to 1968 than a decade later In The Confession, we view the world of 1956 through the eyes and the troubled mind of Ferenc Kolyeszar, a policeman in a fictional Eastern European country somehow nestled among Hungary, Poland, Czechoslovakia, and Romania.However, Kolyeszar is a novelist as well as a policeman, having published a well received novel about his experiences as a soldier resisting the German occupation at the outset of World War II Now 37 years old, he is writing The Confession to chronicle his shattering experiences at home and at work against the backdrop of fateful world events.Kolyeszar s story involves the unraveling of his marriage to Magda, the disappearance of a senior official s young wife the sometimes rocky relationships among Kolyeszar and Stefan, Emil, Leonek, and Brano, his fellow police officers in the District Stefan s reopened investigation into the murder of his partner immediately after the War and the visit to the District of a KGB Colonel from Moscow named Kaminski These parallel story lines weave in and out of one another, converging in a climactic end game that brings a just conclusion to The Confession Along the way we become immersed in the endless strain as Communist rule solidifies in Eastern Europe with mounting ferocity This is an engrossing and skillfully written story.Olen Steinhauer s The Confession is the second in a cycle of five novels set a decade apart from one another about the men of the District Its predecessor, The Bridge of Sighs, was written from the perspective of Kolyeszar s colleague Emil Brod and took place in 1948 49 The subsequent three novels carry the story forward to the fall of Communism in 1989 To my mind, judging from what I ve read so far, this five book cycle is as insightful a history of Eastern Europe under Communism as any history of the period From

  3. says:

    A weak 4 stars.The second in a series set in the Homicide Unit of the Militia in the capital of a nameless Eastern European country after the second World War The first, Bridge of Sighs, was set in the immediate aftermath, and it was the dark, brooding atmosphere, the sense of hopes being dashed, that made it rise above a simple police procedural That, and of course the ever present knowledge that Big Brother is watching you, and you can t know whom you can trust That book was narrated by a Emil, a new academy graduate, while one of his partners, Ferenc was mostly a quiet presence in the office, hunkered over his typewriter In this book, Emil has only a supporting role, while Ferenc narrates The plot was a bit complex, and the way the various elements came together was too contrived for me But again, what makes the book so intriguing is how it captures the atmosphere of the place and time, and what it does to the people The time is 56, the people have had to accept the dominance of State Security and their puppet masters in Moscow But with Stalin gone, and neighboring Hungary trying to revolt, there is a sense of possible freedom in the air, but everyone must still tread carefully, or else Ferenc has trouble doing so, in part because of his personal demons and situations He is not an especially likeable character, and there are some scenes that might bother the squeamish Some are sexual, some describe the brutal conditions of political prisoners So read it as much for the historical atmosphere as for the plot.

  4. says:

    This is Steinhauer s third book I have read, and it is my favorite so far Though it took me a while to adapt to the different character perspective and time periodFerenc ends up being a great human character Coupled with all of the side plots that fit in to the story line with little effort, this book delivered I was lured into a rather complex plot by the end that I didn t want to put down until it was finished Meanwhile, the historical perspective on the political turmoil of this period in a country that was falling under the grips of the Soviet influence proved fascinating and induced its own stress to the reader

  5. says:

    Olen Steinhauer s The Confession is set in an unspecified Eastern European country that is not Poland, Hungary, or Romania The action takes place in 1956 The place and character names are a kind of Eastern European goulash with intermixed Hungarian and Slavic elements This way, Steinhauer does not have to worry about being out of date, because his militia members in the unnamed capital city could be anywhere.What we have here is a strange string of murders of an artist, his wife, and a museum curator Soon, other seemingly unrelated murders seem to have some relevance, including one of a militiaman that was committed years before The tale is told by homicide militia officer Ferenc Kolyeszar, who is in a marriage that is spinning out of control yet he presses on until a suspect emerges, a released convict by the name of Nestor Velcea In the meantime, Ferenc commits his own murder against a party official who deserved to die Steinhauer keeps us on the edge of our seats until the very end.This is the second of the author s Yalta Street series Yalta Street is where the state security offices are headquartered.

  6. says:

    Another police homicide spy thriller by Steinhauer involving some of the same characters as his prior novel, The Bridge of Sighs I liked this better than The Bridge Of Sighs because it was complex in its plot and the characters were better drawn The Confession is set in Romania during the 1950s just before and during the days when the Russian tanks rolled into Hungary to repress the increasing dissent there that Hungary s own government seemed unwilling to put down with violence The spectre of similar repression in Romania is a constant undercurrent of this novel I liked both The Bridge of Sighs and The Confession well enough to put Steinhauer s next novel, 36 Yalta Boulevard, into my queue.

  7. says:

    The mystery which began in The Bridge of Sighs is chillingly unravelled in this second book in a series of five, taking place in a so far unnamed Eastern European country Coincidentally, each individual season used as a literary device to separate the different parts of the book also coincides with what is happening in the lives of some of the main characters, thus creating a symbolic way of interpreting the actions and consequences thereof in the narrative structure of this ingenious mystery and haunting evocation of the former Eastern bloc Europe Great and very thought provoking read

  8. says:

    My local library branch has two titles by this author I ve just read them both They are part of a series of police procedurals set in a fictional east bloc country in the post war period This one takes place in 1956 I don t read books in one sitting any longer but if I finish one in less than a week that means they are pretty good They keep my interest and keep me coming back every day for I would strongly recommend this author to anyone who likes this sort of thing.

  9. says:

    A nameless country in Eastern Europe, 1956 The sequel to Steinhauer s debut The Bridge of Sighs comes in form of a first person narrative by writer and state militia homicide detective Ferenc Kolyeszar His confession covers the much to his dismay ever political nature of his job, his marriage falling apart, the disappearance of a party member s wife, his investigation of a brutal murder that soon turns into a series, and the truth behind the death of a fellow militia detective ten years ago.Steinhauer is not afraid to send his stories and characters down some deep and occasionally rather disturbing paths Coupled with the oppressive, bleak atmosphere of the setting and the taut suspense that remains a constant throughout the book, this author s second novel proves to be just as intriguing and captivating a read as his first.

  10. says:

    Set in 1956 in a fictional, Eastern European country which the author describes as the intersection of Poland, Slovakia, Ukraine, Hungary, and Romania , three cases an open and closed suicide, a missing woman, and a decade old murder of a colleague come together and force Inspector Ferenc Kolyeszar to examine his own character, and all in the midst of uprisings and Communist crackdowns.Building on the success of his remarkable debut, The Bridge of Sighs, Olen Steinhauer gives us the second installment in his Yalta Boulevard Sequence , this time featuring a different investigator from the same militia office the battle scarred, one time author Ferenc Kolyeszar What follows is truly a confession, for Ferenc is a plagued man Stuck in a bad marriage, ravaged by his experiences in World War II, embarrassed by his lackluster writing career, and forced to cynically go out into the streets every day to investigate hopeless cases in a repressive Communist regime there s little for him to be satisfied about in his life.In his second outing, Steinhauer adds a great deal of character to this novel There are numerous events which detail Ferenc s life and his personality There s a melancholic element and a sense of fatalism Even a bit of darkness and brutality He s a human who s been suppressed a little too long Even the secondary characters are quite remarkable, perhaps so for their ambiguity as is the case of Brano Sev.The plot is all intricately tied together, so I won t give it away for fear of spoilers There is some misdirection, some danger, and a fair bit of suspense It isn t a fast paced, run for your life, shoot em up Rather, it is a methodical revelation of the clues and their impact on the people associated with the story And it s all set in a backdrop of social unrest, which accounts for a great deal of the atmosphere and mood At no point did I feel bored with the story or wonder why certain things were included.Some of the themes and topics Steinhauer discusses are literature, writing, art, suppression of the people, marriage, repression, alienation, propaganda, guilt, and Even though it s set a long time ago in place that never existed, it is very relevant for us today, especially observing things like the Arab Spring and Occupy Wall Street.If I were to pick some weaknesses, it would be that some of the interaction between Ferenc and his wife didn t always seem natural, and the plot required too much explaining rather than being easy to understand just by how it unfolded I felt the novel teetered between 3 and 4 stars at various points throughout, but the conclusion was so strong that I settled on 4.This is part two in a five book series It isn t entirely necessary to read The Bridge of Sighs first, but it adds so much to the poignancy that I think it s worth it If you re a fan of John le Carr , Martin Cruz Smith, Alan Furst, or Philip Kerr, then I d say give Steinhauer a try.

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