Balthazar Kovacs, a detective on Budapest's murder squad, is on the trail of a dead man.
Minutes ago, Kovacs received an anonymous SMS showing a body and an address: 26 Republic Square – the former Communist Party headquarters and once the most feared building in the country. But now, amid the ruins of the demolished building, Kovacs finds no dead body, just six members of the Gendarmerie – an elite police force reporting directly to the prime minister – and an invitation to hand over his pho..
'A first-class crime thriller' CHARLES CUMMINGS. THE TIMES BEST 100 BOOKS OF THE SUMMER.When Detective Balthazar Kovacs is called out before dawn to a brothel owned by his brother, he knows it can only be bad news.A customer has died in the brothel's VIP room. Worse still, he's an Arab financier, a guest of government, connected to a massive investment programme that could transform Hungary. It looks like a heart attack – but why has the brothel's CCTV footage been erased?Kovacs knows only too w..