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Joseph Kanon - Istanbul Passage (2nd Hand Paperback)

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How do you do the right thing when there are only bad choices to be made?

A neutral capital straddling Europe and Asia, Istanbul survived WW2 as a magnet for refugees and spies, trafficking in secrets and lies rather than soldiers. Expatriate American businessman Leon Bauer was drawn into this shadow world, doing undercover odd jobs and courier runs in support of the Allied war effort.

Now as the espionage community begins to pack up and an apprehensive city prepares for the grim realities of post-war life, Leon is given one last routine assignment. But when the job goes fatally wrong - an exchange of gunfire, a body left in the street, and a potential war criminal in his hands - he is plunged into a nightmarish tangle of intrigue, shifting loyalties and moral uncertainty.

Rich with atmosphere and period detail, Istanbul Passage is the story of a man swept up in the dawn of the Cold War, an unexpected love affair, and a city as deceptive as the calm surface waters of the Bosphorus that divides it.

  • Format : Standard 2nd Hand Paperback
  • Condition : Very Good
  • Category : Fiction - Suspense & Thriller
  • Published : 2012 (This Edition 2013 - Simon & Schuster)
  • ISBN : 9781471135057
  • SKU : B003308
  • PPC : SP300gm
  • RRP : £7.99
  • Quantity Available : 1 only.
External Reviews

"In Istanbul Passage Kanon envelopes the reader in the city in the immediate post-war era - a city on the fulcrum between East and West in a country seeking to remain somewhat neutral in the coming cold war. Kanon expertly recreates its cultural landscape and sense of place - the melting pot of sights and sounds; the busy waterways and markets; the contrasts between rich and poor; and the political and diplomatic haunts of consulates, hotels and private parties. The characterisation is keenly observed, especially Leon Bauer, who is given the unenviable task of keeping alive a war criminal, someone hated by the Jews he helps rescue, and who finds himself caught in both a political drama and an unfolding romance. The plot is intricately woven and as the story unfolds Kanon ratchets up the tension, performs twist after twist, and shifts the moral terrain. Indeed, with regards to the latter, the story poses some interesting questions about obligation, duty and loyalty in relation to work, family and strangers. The result is a thoughtful and engaging page-turner. It certainly whetted my appetite for his other books." - Amazon Review.

"Spectacular in every way." - Lee Child.

"A compelling, evocative story." - Literary Review.

"A fast-moving, thinking man's thriller . . . tense and atmospheric with sinister intrigue." - Wall Street Journal.

The Author

Joseph Kanon is the Edgar Award-winning author of The Berlin Exchange, The Accomplice, Defectors, Leaving Berlin, Istanbul Passage, Stardust, Alibi, The Prodigal Spy, Los Alamos and The Good German, which was made into a major film starring George Clooney and Cate Blanchett. Other awards include the Hammett Award of the International Association of Crime Writers and the Human Writes Award of the Anne Frank Foundation. He lives in New York City.

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