- Author: LeBor, Adam
- ISBN: 9781786693273
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Life's tough for a Gypsy cop in Budapest. The cops don't trust you because you're a Gypsy. Your fellow Gypsies, even your own family, shun you because you're a cop. The dead, however, don't care. Balthazar Kovacs of the Budapest murder squad is in the middle of his first cup of coffee when a mysterious text message arrives. There were three words: '26, Republic Square', and a photograph. The photo shows a man in his early thirties, lying on his back with his eyes open, half-covered by bricks and dust. The address, the former Communist Party headquarters, was once the most feared building in the country. But when Kovacs arrives at Republic Square, the body has gone and his only lead is the word of a Gypsy kid who saw the corpse bundled into an unmarked van... Kovacs' investigation will take him deep into Budapest's shadows, an underworld visitors never get to see: the gritty back-alleys of District VIII; the endemic corruption that reaches deep into the government; a rule of law bent to serve the interests of the elite; the rising power of international organized crime and the ghosts of Communism and Nazism that still haunt Hungary.