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Dohany Street
04 Aug 2022 * PAPERBACK * £9.99 * 9781786692771

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  Format: 198 x 129 mm
Exclusive: GB CA AU NZ IN ZA SG   Not for sale: US
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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, and the city seems to have gone into hibernation. But not Detective Balthazar Kovacs. Elad Harrari, a young Israeli historian, has disappeared. There's no sign of violence but something feels very wrong.

Harrari was working in the city's Jewish Museum, investigating the fate of the assets of the Hungarian Jews murdered in the Holocaust. It's clear his research set off alarm bells at one of the country's most powerful companies. The more Balthazar digs into the case, the more he is certain that shadowy forces are in play. And the pressure is building: Budapest is preparing for a major diplomatic visit – if Harrari is not found it will be cancelled.

The threats against Balthazar soon turn to violence. It's clear that if he is to find the historian he will have to go face-to-face with some very dangerous people – and confront the darkest era in Hungary's past.

Reviews for Dohany Street:

'Budapest is a versatile and exciting setting for Adam LeBor's superb thriller' The Times
'All the twists and turns of a high-concept Hollywood thriller' Financial Times

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.

Previous two books in the trilogy have been in The Times' Crime Book of the Month and 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.


'Family secrets and power politics come to the fore' The Times

'A complex plot is worked out against a lovingly described Budapest in winter' Sunday Times Crime Club

'This is a serious and educative novel' Literary Review

'Plenty of twists and turns in this intelligent and pacy tale' NB Magazine

'As with the forerunners in the series, LeBor fills the pages with interesting detail about the history of Budapest' Crime Review

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