Friday, January 03, 2014

Liberation Movements by Olen Steinhauer

In December, I finished reading Liberation Movements by Olen Stienhauer. Libertation Movements is the fourth book in a five book series of thrillers chronicling the evolution of a fictional Eastern European country during the Cold War. I previously read The Bridge of Sighs, The Confession and 36 Yalta Boulevard. Sharon's brother Tom recommended the series more than four years ago.

The Bridge of Sighs was set in post-World War II in the late 1940's, The Confession was set in the 1950's and 36 Yalta Boulevard was set in the 1960's. Liberation Movements is set in 1975 with flashbacks into 1968.

The first two books were essentially murder mysteries with police officers as the main characters. The third book was a spy and espionage novel. I am not really sure how to describe this book. While the police officers are again the key characters and the story revolves around an investigation, the plot involves Armenian terrorists, parapsychology and Istanbul. The story has more layers than the previous books.

After reading the ESPN oral history with its meandering interviews and the biography of William Harrison, I enjoyed the tighter writing and story telling of this book. It was nominated for the Edgar Award for Best Novel in 2007. I definitely recommend the series. I am looking forward to reading the fifth and final novel.

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