Istanbul Passage

Istanbul Passage

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From the acclaimed, bestselling author of Stardust, The Good German, and Los Alamos a gripping tale of an American undercover agent in 1945 Istanbul who descends into the murky cat-and-mouse world of compromise and betrayal that will come to define the entire post-war era.

A neutral capital straddling Europe and Asia, Istanbul has spent the war as a magnet for refugees and spies. Even American businessman Leon Bauer has been drawn into this shadow world, doing undercover odd jobs and courier runs for 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, he is given one more assignment, a routine job that goes fatally wrong, plunging him into a tangle of intrigue and moral confusion.

Played out against the bazaars and mosques and faded mansions of this knowing, ancient Ottoman city, Leon's attempt to save one life leads to a desperate manhunt and a maze of shifting loyalties that threatens his own. How do you do the right thing when there are only bad choices to make? Istanbul Passage is the story of a man swept up in the aftermath of war, an unexpected love affair, and a city as deceptive as the calm surface waters of the Bosphorus that divides it.

Rich with atmosphere and period detail, Joseph Kanon's latest novel flawlessly blends fact and fiction into a haunting thriller about the dawn of the Cold War, once again proving why Kanon has been hailed as the "heir apparent to Graham Greene" (The Boston Globe).

Title:Istanbul Passage
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781439156438
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    Istanbul Passage Reviews

  • Jeffrey Keeten

    ”You’re so sure somebody’s watching.”“It’s Istanbul.”The curtains twitch.The doorways have eyes. Nothing happens in Istanbul without someone seeing it. Anything clandestine has to be hid...

  • Peter Riva

    A book I was savoring... it's that good.There are parallels to Graham Greene and John le Carre here... more of the former compared to the latter, with a bit of Jenkens thrown in. The fantastic never h...

  • Rhiannon

    It was only ok. I was going on holiday to Istanbul and wanted something to read. I thought this would be perfect - a thriller le Carre style set in the very city I was visiting. Well, I enjoyed the re...

  • Mark

    All right, I'm officially a convert. This is my first experience of Joseph Kanon, and it was well worth it. If you are going to write about the morally ambiguous world of spycraft but also give reader...

  • Cathi Davis

    A John LeCarre wanna be, but the character is not as complex as George Smiley. Not sure I even like the main character or his "love interest." The most compelling character is his brain addled wife, b...

  • Diane S ?

    Istanbul, after the war, trying to remain a neutral territory becomes a hotbed of rumor and intelligence, filled with various countries agents and spies. Jews are still trying to find a safe haven and...

  • Judith Starkston

    Hard to imagine any other setting for Kanon’s historical thriller, Istanbul Passage. Post World War II spy intrigues, war criminals seeking new friends, allegiances shifting yet again between Americ...

  • Timothy Jay Smith

    I'm working on my own new novel set in Istanbul, also a thriller, so I am reading other books set there. I was glad to learn about Joseph Kanon's Istanbul Passage. He really captures the place, almost...

  • Trish

    A man, filled with good intentions, is caught in the jaws of the competing and intersecting interests of global powers in Istanbul after World War II. Istanbul is the bridge between north and south in...

  • Alyce

    Despite the exquisite portraiture of post WWII Istanbul and a gripping plot, I found the terse dialogue distracting and insipid. Withholding information is a key component of an exciting mystery, but ...