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Head of Zeus
Dohany Street
11 Nov 2021 * EBOOK * £7.99 * 9781786692757

Budapest's dark history finally catches up with Detective Balthazar Kovacs in the final instalment in Adam LeBor's Hungarian crime trilogy.

Fiction / FF (Crime Fiction)
Extent: 400 pages
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Also in Danube Blues series
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Budapest's dark history finally catches up with Detective Balthazar Kovacs in the final instalment in Adam LeBor's Hungarian crime trilogy.

Budapest, January 2016. The Danube is grey and half-frozen, covered with ice, and the city seems to have gone into hibernation. But not for Detective Balthazar Kovacs. He has been called out to investigate the disappearance of a young Israeli historian, Elad Harari.

Harari was working in the archives of the city's Jewish museum, researching what happened to the assets of the Hungarian Jews murdered in the Holocaust. His work could bring justice to the families of those who died, but it seems not everyone welcomed his probing into the country's darkest period.

Balthazar soon finds that there are powerful forces out to sabotage his investigation, as bizarre warnings escalate to violent attacks. When they finally make their demand, Balthazar will be forced to make an impossible decision: give up real evidence of horrific wrongdoing in Hungary's past, or see the young historian die.

'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

'All the twists and turns of a high-concept Hollywood thriller ... But what makes it 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

Adam LeBor writes for The Economist, Newsweek, New York Times, The Times and other publications. He is the author of a number of non-fiction books, including the Orwell Prize shortlisted Hitler's Secret Bankers.

Previous two books in the trilogy have been very well reviewed, including The Times' Crime Book of the Month and as part of The Times' Best Books of the Summer.

LeBor has lived in Budapest for 20 years.

LeBor is a well-regarded frontline journalist.

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

'A first-class crime thriller set in the back-streets of Budapest at the height of Europe's refugee crisis, with an original and engaging protagonist' Charles Cummings.
'LeBor writes fiction with the scrupulous focus of the journalist' Alan Furst.
'Adam LeBor reveals that crime fiction still has exciting new avenues to explore' Val McDermid.
'A page-turning thriller' Irish Times.
'An elegant, atmospheric tale that twists and surprises at every turn'
Daily Mail

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