Budapest Noir

From  Eileen Effrat
Author:  Vilmos Kondor
Budapest Noir
Set in 1930’s Budapest, this is the first book in an Hungarian crime series featuring  Zsigmond Gordon, a crime reporter for a Budapest newspaper. The world is on the eve of war and fascism is on the rise in Hungary. The murder of a wealthy young woman  in a seedy part of the city leads his investigation to the highest echelons of the Hungarian government.  This is the first Kondor book translated into English.  I will be anxiously anticipating the others in the series to be translated—A Spy in Budapest, Sinful Budapest, and Budapest in Ruins.  For an authentic flavor of Budapest back alleys,cafes, and daily life in the 1930’s,this is an excellent choice.

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