Eastern Europe, 1956: 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 uncomfortable.
When Ferenc is asked to look into the disappearance of a
party member's wife and learns some unsavory facts about
the party member's life, 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.