The Ruthenia Quintet is a series of historical thriller/mystery novels by American author Olen Steinhauer. The series is set in Eastern Europe. The series starts in 1948 and ends with the fall of communism in 1989. One book represents a decade. Each book follows a different main character. The series is also known as The Bridge of Sighs series.

Olen Steinhauer began his Ruthenia Quintet series in 2003 with The Bridge of Sighs. The series lasted five books until 2007’s Victory Square. Below is a list of Olen Steinhauer’s Ruthenia books in order of when they were originally published (which is also their chronology):

Publication Order of Ruthenia Quintet Books


The Bridge of Sighs(2003) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Confession(2004) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Vienna Assignment(2005) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Istanbul Variations(2006) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Victory Square(2007) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Notes: The Vienna Assignment was also published under the title 36 Yalta Boulevard. The Istanbul Variations is also titled Liberation Movements.

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