Contemporary Hungarian Crime Fiction
László Kolozsi's series explores some of the core problems of Hungarian society from the 1990s. The author changed the publishing house after the first two volumes and transferred the series from the Jószöveg Könyvek to the Athenaeum.
Katalin Baráth's series explores the adventures of a female detective, Veron Dávid from 1900 to 1914. The protagonist took us through the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy in several journeys. Baráth is one of the main authors represented by the Agave publishing house specialised in several subgenres of popular novel. She and Vilmos Kondor represent the most interesting and deliberate branch of contemporary Hungarian crime fiction.
The books of Vilmos Kondor, a pseudonyme, launched the formula of the historical crime fiction in Hungary. As a modality to present some ambiguous periods of the Hungarian past, the investigations of Zsigmond Gordon, the protagonist take the reader to the Budapest of the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s. Due to a strong editorial support (the Agave publishing house) and a generally positive reception from the critics, the books of Kondor are now a synonym for quality crime novel.
Vilmos Kondor started a new trilogy of adventure novels in 2013. Two books were published until today. Looking forward to new additions to this series.