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Author: Joseph Kanon Narrator: John Bedford Lloyd Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2017 ISBN: 9781508232902
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The bestselling author of Leaving Berlin and Istanbul Passage “continues to demonstrate that he is up there with the very best...of spy thriller writers” (The Times, UK) with this “fascinating” (The Washington Post) novel about two brothers bound by blood but divided by loyalty.

In 1949, Frank Weeks, agent of the newly formed CIA, was exposed as a Communist spy and fled the country to vanish behind the Iron Curtain. Now, twelve years later, he has written his memoirs, a KGB- approved project almost certain to be an international bestseller, and has asked his brother Simon, a publisher, to come to Moscow to edit the manuscript. It’s a reunion Simon both dreads and longs for.

The book is sure to be filled with mischief and misinformation; Frank’s motives suspect, the CIA hostile. But the chance to see Frank, his adored older brother, proves irresistible. And at first Frank is still Frank—the same charm, the same jokes, the same bond of affection that transcends ideology.

Then Simon begins to glimpse another Frank, capable of treachery and actively working for “the service.” He finds himself dragged into the middle of Frank’s new scheme, caught between the KGB and the CIA in a fatal cat and mouse game that only one of the brothers is likely to survive.

“A finely paced Cold War thriller with [Kanon’s] usual flair for atmospheric detail, intriguing characters, and suspenseful action” (Library Journal), Defectors takes us to the heart of a world of secrets, where even the people we know best can’t be trusted and murder is just collateral damage. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A cat-and-mouse game pitting two estranged brothers against each other unfolds in this story set in the 1960s against the backdrop of the Cold War–era of spies and secrets. Narrator Lloyd is known for his fine creation of characters and bringing pivotal scenes to life, intensifying the atmosphere of the story and giving weight to its dialog.”

    Library Journal (audio review)

  • “Kanon’s gripping novel [is] masterfully narrated by John Bedford Lloyd, who employs a mix of accents and tones to provide a convincing complement to the book’s dialogue…Lloyd excels with his portrayal of the Russians, especially Boris, the bodyguard who must keep Frank from leaving his adopted country. Consequently, the listener must speculate about who, if anyone, is telling the truth.”

    AudioFile

  • “The perfect combination of intrigue and accurate history brought to life.”

    Alan Furst, New York Times bestselling author

  • “His brother’s defection upended Simon’s life, and Simon is skeptical of Frank’s motives. But the opportunity to understand Frank’s reasons for leaving—and learn about life under Soviet rule—proves irresistible.”

    New York Times

  • “Clever, devious, and morally complex.”

    Sunday Times (London)

  • A New York Times pick from Paperback Row

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About the Author

Joseph Kanon is the Edgar Award–winning author of several novels, including The Good German, which was made into a major motion picture starring George Clooney and Cate Blanchett.

About the Narrator

John Bedford Lloyd, Earphones Award–winning narrator, is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama, has appeared in many major motion pictures, including The Bourne Supremacy, Crossing Delancey, The Abyss, The Manchurian Candidate, and Philadelphia. His television credits include Suits, Pan Am, Law & Order, Spin City, and The West Wing.