'Victory Square' is the finale of Olen Steinhauer's fascinating, award-winning cycle of Cold War novels. Emil Brod, homicide investigator and ... Show synopsis 'Victory Square' is the finale of Olen Steinhauer's fascinating, award-winning cycle of Cold War novels. Emil Brod, homicide investigator and reluctant state servant, has been made chief of police. When Brod first joined, retirement seemed as unlikely as the end of Communism itself. Now the Berlin Wall is coming down, the Warsaw Pact fragmenting and Brod is three days away from his final paycheque. The death of Lieutenant General Kolev from a heart attack at his desk seems like a routine case to go out on. But then rumours of a pro-democracy coup reach him! at the same time as an autopsy report showing lethal amounts of narcotics in the General's blood. Brod is forced to contemplate the chilling possibility that the General's death may signal the first cracks in the Communist State. Now, as old enemies from his past resurface, Brod must choose sides: between loyalty to the government, and loyalty to the country. But is it already too late?