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The New York Times bestselling tale of an American undercover agent in 1945 Istanbul who must navigate a murky world of compromise and betrayal.

A neutral city straddling Europe and Asia, Istanbul survived the Second World War 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 postwar 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, a potential war criminal on his hands — Leon is plunged into a tangle of intrigue, shifting loyalties, and moral uncertainty.

Played out against the bazaars and mosques and faded mansions of this knowing, ancient Ottoman city, Leon’s conflicted attempt to save one life leads to a desperate manhunt that ultimately threatens his own survival. How do you do the right thing when there are only bad choices to be made?

Review:

“A fast-moving, thinking man’s thriller...tense and atmospheric [with] sinister intrigue.” The Wall Street Journal

Review:

"Istanbul Passage is a first-rate espionage novel, filled with complexity and thrills, but its greatest success may be in this much more universal literary exploration: how an ordinary man is transformed by extraordinary circumstances." Chris Pavone, New York Times bestselling author of The Expats, in Publishers Weekly

Review:

"Istanbul Passage bristles with authenticity. Joseph Kanon has a unique and admirable talent: he brilliantly marries suspense and historical fact, wrapping them around a core of pure human drama, while making it seem effortless. This isn't just talent; it's magic.” Olen Steinhauer, New York Times bestselling author of The Tourist

Review:

"With dialogue that can go off like gunfire and a streak of nostalgia that feels timeless, this book takes its place among espionage novels as an instant classic." Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)

Review:

“A masterful work that is as gripping as it is intelligent.” The Daily Beast

Review:

“Kanon delivers a satisfying atmospheric thriller.” Entertainment Weekly

Review:

"Superbly crafted….A beautifully conceived and atmospheric thriller; highly recommended." Library Journal (Starred Review)

Synopsis:

Istanbul survived the Second World War as a magnet for refugees and spies. Even expatriate American Leon Bauer was drawn into this shadow world, doing undercover odd jobs 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 postwar 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 on his hands — Leon is trapped in a tangle of shifting loyalties and moral uncertainty.

Played out against the bazaars and mosques and faded mansions of this knowing, ancient Ottoman city, Istanbul Passage is the unforgettable story of a man swept up in the dawn of the Cold War, of an unexpected love affair, and of a city as deceptive as the calm surface waters of the Bosphorus that divides it.

About the Author

Joseph Kanon is the author of five other novels, Los Alamos, The Prodigal Spy, The Good German, Alibi, and Stardust. Before becoming a full-time writer, he was a book publishing executive. He lives in New York City.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781439156438
Author:
Kanon, Joseph
Publisher:
Washington Square Press
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Popular Fiction-Technothrillers
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20130416
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.31 in

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Product details 432 pages Washington Square Press - English 9781439156438 Reviews:
"Review" by , “A fast-moving, thinking man’s thriller...tense and atmospheric [with] sinister intrigue.”
"Review" by , "Istanbul Passage is a first-rate espionage novel, filled with complexity and thrills, but its greatest success may be in this much more universal literary exploration: how an ordinary man is transformed by extraordinary circumstances."
"Review" by , "Istanbul Passage bristles with authenticity. Joseph Kanon has a unique and admirable talent: he brilliantly marries suspense and historical fact, wrapping them around a core of pure human drama, while making it seem effortless. This isn't just talent; it's magic.”
"Review" by , "With dialogue that can go off like gunfire and a streak of nostalgia that feels timeless, this book takes its place among espionage novels as an instant classic."
"Review" by , “A masterful work that is as gripping as it is intelligent.”
"Review" by , “Kanon delivers a satisfying atmospheric thriller.”
"Review" by , "Superbly crafted….A beautifully conceived and atmospheric thriller; highly recommended."
"Synopsis" by , Istanbul survived the Second World War as a magnet for refugees and spies. Even expatriate American Leon Bauer was drawn into this shadow world, doing undercover odd jobs 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 postwar 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 on his hands — Leon is trapped in a tangle of shifting loyalties and moral uncertainty.

Played out against the bazaars and mosques and faded mansions of this knowing, ancient Ottoman city, Istanbul Passage is the unforgettable story of a man swept up in the dawn of the Cold War, of an unexpected love affair, and of a city as deceptive as the calm surface waters of the Bosphorus that divides it.

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