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    DescriptionA beautifully written thriller from the acclaimed Cold War series writer: 'a welcome addition to the wartime ground mapped out by Philip Kerr and Alan Furst' Guardian Prague, 1968: a young student is captured as he tries to flee the country in the wake of Russia's suppression of the Prague Spring. Seven years later, a People's Militia homicide investigator boards a plane for Istanbul. When it is hijacked by Armenian terrorists, the Turkish authorities try to establish contact -- but the plane explodes in mid-air. No negotiation, no explanation. Why? Two investigators are assigned to the case: Gavra Noukas, a homicide detective who lives a dangerous double-life, and Brano Sev, an experienced secret policeman loyal to the state. Both believe their superiors are keeping them in the dark but neither can work out why. As they start unravelling the elaborate mystery, though, a trail emerges -- one leading back to a seven-year-old murder, a seemingly insignificant killing with terrifying consequences.

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    The Istanbul Variations
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    By (author) Olen Steinhauer
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 304
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 196 mm
    Thickness: 24 mm
    Weight: 222 g
    ISBN 13: 9780007232062
    ISBN 10: 0007232063

    BIC subject category V2: FJ
    BIC E4L: THR
    BIC subject category V2: FH
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F2.1
    DC22: 813.6
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21110
    BISAC V2.8: FIC031000, FIC002000, FIC030000
    HarperCollins Publishers
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    02 July 2007
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    Author Information
    OLEN STEINHAUER's 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 rave reviews. Inspired to write his Eastern European series while on a Fulbright Scholarship in Romania, Steinhauer was raised in Texas and now lives in Budapest, Hungary.
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    Praise for 'The Istanbul Variations': 'Great stuff.' Observer Praise for 'The Vienna Assignment': 'Fascinating!clever!a beautifully written spy thriller.' Guardian 'Steinhauer has carved a niche for his well-researched Cold War thrillers!.vividly captures the atmosphere and the mood of the time, with credible characters and impressive detail.' Sunday Telegraph 'Highly recommended.' Irish Times 'Steinhauer shows himself to be a master of plotting!he doesn't put a foot wrong!exquisitely written, full of well-drawn characters.' Irish Examiner Praise for Olen Steinhauer: 'A powerful, thought-provoking literary thriller in the mould of Philip Kerr's 'Berlin Noir' trilogy.' Daily Telegraph 'Think of the suspenseful erudition of Alan Furst's thrillers and Philip Kerr's eye-opening "Berlin Noir" trilogy! right up there on those stellar heights, casting new light on relatively recent history we thought we already knew everything about.' Chicago Tribune 'Steinhauer is a welcome addition to the wartime ground mapped out by Philip Kerr and Alan Furst.' Guardian 'Brilliant!this powerful novel grips from beginning to end.' Sunday Telegraph