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Authors: Joseph Kanon

Istanbul Passage

A
neutral capital 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.

PRAISE FOR THE NOVELS OF
JOSEPH KANON

THE GOOD GERMAN

“Kanon is fast approaching the complexity and relevance not just of Le Carré and Greene, but even of Orwell: provocative, fully realized fiction that explores, as only fiction can, the reality of history as it is lived by individual men and women.”

—The New York Times Book Review

“Kanon is the heir apparent to Graham Greene.”

—The Boston Globe

STARDUST

“Kanon’s prose is eminently noir, all cigarette smoke and magnesium flashbulbs.”

—Entertainment Weekly

“No one writes period fiction with the same style and suspense—not to mention substance—as Joseph Kanon.”

—Scott Turow

JOSEPH KANON
is the author of five other novels,
Los Alamos, The Prodigal Spy, The Good German, Alibi
, and
Stardust.
A winner of both the Edgar Award and the Hammett Prize, he lives in New York City. Visit him online at
www.JosephKanon.com

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ISTANBUL
PASSAGE

ALSO BY JOSEPH KANON

Stardust

Alibi

The Good German

The Prodigal Spy

Los Alamos

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