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Bogdan Hrib , Ramona Mitrica , Mike Phillips , Mihai Risnoveanu
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24 Nov 2011 Profusion Crime
Stelian Munteanu, lover, killer and Bucharest boy, is a hero who tells us more than we ever imagined about our times. Stelian, a book editor with a sideline in international police work, has to kill a man, a general whose book he's just published. Will he pull the trigger? Kill the General (Ucideti generalul) is an exciting and suspenseful thriller. It is also a complex and detailed character study of an individual - a roller coaster ride through the transitions which have taken place over the last decades in Romanian history. (Mike Phillips) It's early. The city is sleeping. I cannot pull the trigger. The time is flying. If I don't make a decision now...I have no guarantee that the general will still be here the following night. I should get this job done and get the hell out of here!

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Product details

  • Paperback: 294 pages
  • Publisher: Profusion International Creative Consultancy (24 Nov 2011)
  • ISBN-10: 095686760X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956867605
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 760,961 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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BOGDAN HRIB was born in 1966, in Bucharest, Romania. He is the author of the Stelian Munteanu series which features a book editor with a sideline in international
police work. Kill the General is the fourth book in the Stelian Munteanu series and Bogdan Hrib's first novel translated into English.

His other books to date are The Greek Connection (2006), The Curse of the Manuscript (2008), and Somalia, Mon Amour (2009).

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An exciting thriller... a good discourse in Romanian history. --Gisela Lehmer, Crime Chronicles

About the Author

BOGDAN HRIB Born on 14 December 1966 in Bucharest. After graduating civil engineering in Bucharest, Bogdan Hrib embarked on a varied career encompassing the professions of photographer, journalist (from 1991), advertising agency director (1992) and book editor (from 1993). Bogdan Hrib's debut as a crime fiction writer came in 2007 with Filiera greceasca (The Greek Connection), the first book in the Stelian Munteanu series. It was followed by Blestemul manuscrisului (The Curse of the Manuscript, 2008), Somalia, Mon Amour (2009), Ucideti generalul (March 2011), translated and published by Profusion Publishers as Kill the General (November 2011). The most recent book signed by Bogdan Hrib is Ultima fotografie (The Last Photograph, 2012 - not crime fiction). A keen photographer, Bogdan is a member of the Romanian Photographers' Association and is working at the moment on a PhD on the subject of press photography in Romania. From 2008, Bogdan has been the editorial director of Crime Scene Publishing in Bucharest. He is also the vice-president of the Romanian Crime Writers Club (from 2010), and served as editorial counsellor of Flacara Magazine (2010-12). He is the director/organiser of the Mystery & Thriller Festival in Rasnov (2011-12), as well as the PR coordinator of the History Film Festival in Rasnov (from 2011).

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprising, unusual and intriguing 5 April 2012
This book is different. It is always nice to read a story from an unusual aspect.
I am an experienced visitor to Romania, but I particularly found the footnotes explaining certain Romanian minutiae (small facts and details) particularly helpful. All languages have their specific colloquialisms.
It is good to be able to almost experience being the leading character.
The descriptions and the narrative are great. It helps the reader understand everything despite the translation from Romana to English.
I imagined before I started reading that switching the chapters from the 1980's to 2010 (the present day) and back would be at best confusing. However, the story was so good, I hardly noticed.
Basically, it is a very good, bizarre and curious story, told in a different way to the way we Brits are used to. It is also imaginative and inventive. Keeps you guessing all the way.
An excellent book.
I loved it.
I would recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting Thriller 13 Mar 2012
Bogdan Hrib has written an exciting thriller mainly based in Romania. It is the story of a Romanian boy and a good discourse in Romanian history. Stelian Munteanu, 45 years old, a former journalist and now a book editor at Trident Publishing House, tells how he meets the General and what influence he had on his life.
To begin with: The General is very important in Stelian's life because Stelian is about to publish the Generals memoirs called "My Revolution" by Gheorghe Simionescu. Before we get to know more about the General we see Stelian in Chapter One in a Vienna hotel room, just opposite the room where the General lies in his bed sleeping. Stelian's finger is on the trigger of an Austrian gun, a Steyr-Mannlicher SSG 08 and it is aimed at the Generals heart. Stelian is also a gifted shot, "a book editor killing his own author".
Then Stelian tells the story behind the story, and Stelian inhabits the role of a schoolboy, student, his army recruit, where he was when Chernobyl explodes and where he first got in touch with the General. Leaving the army Stelian lives in Bucharest, and from his description of the revolution and of the events in December 1989, the demonstrations, the shootings, Ceausescu's attempt to escape and his shooting on December 25th, we get a tremendous picture of someone not really politically aware. Then Stelian meets the General again. In 2010 he meets the General's daughter and she convinces the General to write his memoirs and Stelian to get the book published. But obviously someone is frightened by the book and wants the General killed. Now it is the time for Stelian to take up his role as a paid assassin.
In the end Stelian can't pull the trigger, he leaves the hotel room and a little later he is arrested by the Austrian police accused of murder.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect whodunnit for a winter afternoon 18 Feb 2012
By paula h
Kill the General is a book that got me hooked from the very start - I am not a great fan of thrillers but the twisting story line and the frank narration style let me discover a character, flawed and virtuous in the same time. The main character, Stelian Muntean, is a book editor who gets entangled into a plot to kill a general with a strange past, and, as it happens Stelian is publishing his memoir of the Revolution.

Having an interest in Eastern European history, I was fascinated by the insights into late 1980s Romania, with a compelling episode featuring the Chernobyl incident as it was seen in one of the most secretive countries in the Eastern Bloc.

The text is lively, the native Romanian and English translators managing to give the text an appealing local flavour that is miles better than any attempt at "localisation" which is sometimes found in other translations.

Peferct for a cold afternoon with a cup of tea.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshingly different crime fiction 31 Dec 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I just finished reading this book and can only recommend it. Eastern European crime fiction at its finest, with the right quantity of communist memoir, post-EU-adhesion blues and realistically Romanian surreal moments. I can't wait until more books of this author become available as e-books!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Poor effort. 30 Oct 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book makes sense only if you have an interest in Romania or spent some time over there. Otherwise, the multitude of references to Romanian words, expressions or facts gets a bit tiring. To a certain extent I blame the translators too... I couldn't call it even a 'light read' is so annoying. I did however endured and finished this abomination.


I found the main character very annoying. I could not understand why is important to know about his amorous encounters or the type of orange juice he buys (maybe it was product placement!). This bragging and product references everywhere in the book I found tiring. Also, all the fighting he did in Somalia - really?!! I nearly threw the book at that point...


Anyway, I now need to go to shag my model girlfriend, then drink some Johnie Walker Black Label, because tomorrow will have to leave for some war torn country to kill some bad guys.
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