Istanbul Passage: A Novel

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Simon and Schuster, Apr 16, 2013 - Fiction - 404 pages
"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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This is a fun, engaging espionage thriller about a low-level U.S. operative trying to navigate all sorts of mayhem in 1945 Istanbul to try to save a high-level escapee from the Soviets because the ... Read full review

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User Review  - malcrf - LibraryThing

Pretty ordinary really. The main protagonist is a bit of a drip, many of the characters seem two-dimensional cliches, the plot and the prose don't entice you to keep turning the page. Istanbul is interestingly depicted though, so that's something. Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
21
Section 3
36
Section 4
64
Section 5
67
Section 6
69
Section 7
71
Section 8
80
Section 15
225
Section 16
231
Section 17
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Section 18
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Section 19
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Section 20
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Section 21
345
Section 22
357

Section 9
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Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 12
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Section 13
156
Section 14
167
Section 23
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Section 24
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Section 25
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Section 26
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Section 27
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About the author (2013)

Joseph Kanon is the Edgar Award-winning author of The Accomplice, Defectors, Leaving Berlin, Istanbul Passage, Los Alamos, The Prodigal Spy, Alibi, Stardust, and The Good German, which was made into a major motion picture starring George Clooney and Cate Blanchett. He lives in New York City.

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