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Kossuth Square
14 Nov 2019 * PAPERBACK * £8.99 * 9781786692740

The death of an Arab financier reveals the dangerous fractures running through Budapest in Adam LeBor's latest dark police procedural.

Fiction / FF (Crime Fiction)
Extent: 400 pages  Format: 198 x 129 mm
Exclusive: GB CA AU NZ IN ZA SG   Not for sale: US
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'A first-class crime thriller' CHARLES CUMMINGS.


When Detective Balthazar Kovacs is called out before dawn to a brothel owned by his brother, he knows it can only be bad news.

A customer has died in the brothel's VIP room. Worse still, he's an Arab financier, a guest of government, connected to a massive investment programme that could transform Hungary. It looks like a heart attack – but why has the brothel's CCTV footage been erased?

Kovacs knows only too well the treacherous undercurrents that permeate life in Hungary's capital – the deadly intersection between the criminal underworld, the corridors of power and the ghosts of history. He knows that his investigation is more than likely to lead back to the seat of power, the Országház, in Kossuth Square... but he does not expect to be swept into his own family's dark past too.

Adam LeBor is the thriller critic of the Financial Times and a veteran former foreign correspondent who lived in Budapest for many years. He is the author of seven novels and eight non-fiction books, including Hitler's Secret Bankers, which was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize. He is an editorial trainer and writing coach for numerous publications and organisations and also writes for the Critic and The Times. He lives in London with his family.

LeBor has lived in Budapest for 20 years.

LeBor is a well-regarded frontline journalist.

Hitler's Secret Bankers was Orwell Prize shortlisted.

MARKET: Philip Kerr; Tom Rob Smith; Robert Harris.

'An elegant, atmospheric tale that twists and surprises at every turn' Daily Mail

Budapest is a versatile and exciting setting for Adam LeBor's superb thriller... As well as being a police procedural, the book deals with politics and organised crime in Hungary. LeBor lives in Budapest and it shows in the vivid detail' The Times, Book of the Month

LeBor continues to captivate with his handsome Roma gypsy detective, Balthazar Kovacs... A gripping, well-observed tale that will enthral and tantalise from the first page to the last' The Lady

All the twists and turns of a high-concept Hollywood thriller... But what makes Kossuth Square really stand out is the way LeBor intelligently grafts his novel's thriller elements on to Hungarian history and politics as well as current events, from the rise of populism to organised crime. Each facet has the ring of truth' Financial Times

'Murder, political conspiracy, racism, corruption and feuds in this thriller set in Budapest' The Times

[A] masterfully plotted political thriller... Highly interesting... Recommended' Promoting Crime Fiction

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