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” (Boston Globe). Download and start listening now!