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Istanbul Passage

Format:  Hardcover,

404 pages

Publisher: Pocket Books

Publish Date: May 2012

ISBN-13: 9781439156414

ISBN-10: 1439156417

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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?
Rich with atmosphere and period detail, "Istanbul Passage "is the haunting 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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Publisher: Pocket Books
Publish Date: May 2012
ISBN-13: 9781439156414
ISBN-10: 1439156417
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 404
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.4
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.5 x 9.5 x 1.25
Walmart No.: 9781439156414

About the author

Biography of Kanon, Joseph

Joseph Kanon began his career in publishing while an undergraduate at Harvard, reading manuscripts for The Atlantic Monthly. Kanon traveled to England for graduate school, then returned to the United States to work as a book review editor and writer for the Saturday Review. Rising through the ranks of the publishing world, he eventually became president and CEO of E.P. Dutton, and then executive vice president of Houghton Mifflin's Trade and Reference Division.

Kanon is the author of Los Alamos (1997), an authentic fictional recreation of the waning days of World War II during which the murder of one of the Manhattan Project's security officers occurs. The Prodigal Spy was published in late 1998. His latest novel is entitled, Stardust.

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (2012-04-01)

Some thrillers don't just entertain but put us smack in the middle of tough moral questions, and it's no surprise that the author of The Good German has done just that in his superbly crafted new work. Leon Bauer is an American businessman living in Istanbul during World War II whose German Jewish wife helped smuggle Jews to Palestine until she lost her mind after a traumatic incident. During the war, Leon did the occasional odd job for the American embassy, but with the fighting just over he has one last assignment: to help smuggle into Istanbul someone the Americans want badly-and want badly to keep from the Soviets.

The pickup goes horribly wrong, as Leon and friend Mihai are fired upon and Leon ends up killing their assailant. Later, Mihai angrily recognizes the man they've smuggled in as someone with a horrible past; Leon is even more shocked to discover the identity of the gunman he killed. And so it goes, as each expert twist and turn places Leon in an increasingly precarious situation and the reader wonders desperately, What would I have done.

VERDICT Abeautifully conceived and atmospheric thriller; highly recommended.

[See Prepub Alert, 11/28/11.] - Barbara Hoffert, Library Journal

(c). Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Book description

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).

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