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3.8 out of 53.8 out of 53.8 out of 53.8 out of 53.8 out of 5 3.80 (5 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joseph Kanon Narrator: Jefferson Mays Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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).

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A fast-moving, thinking man’s thriller…Tense and atmospheric [with] sinister intrigue.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • Istanbul Passage is a first-rate espionage novel, filled with complexity and thrills, but its greatest success may be in this much more universal literary exploration: how an ordinary man is transformed by extraordinary circumstances.”

    Chris Pavone, New York Times bestselling author of The Expats

  • Istanbul Passage bristles with authenticity. Joseph Kanon has a unique and admirable talent: he brilliantly marries suspense and historical fact, wrapping them around a core of pure human drama, while making it seem effortless. This isn’t just talent; it’s magic.”

    Olen Steinhauer, New York Times bestselling author of The Tourist

  • “With dialogue that can go off like gunfire and a streak of nostalgia that feels timeless, this book takes its place among espionage novels as an instant classic.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “A masterful work that is as gripping as it is intelligent.”

    Daily Beast

  • “Kanon delivers a satisfying atmospheric thriller.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Superbly crafted…A beautifully conceived and atmospheric thriller.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Selected for the June 2012 Indie Next List
  • A Kirkus Reviews “New and Notable Title”, May 2012
  • One of the 2012 Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books: Thrillers
  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by R.G. | 8/15/2012

    " If you're a fan of this author you will not be disappointed with Istanbul Passage. It's truly one of his best works. It's an excellent historical thriller and spy novel with no shortage of brilliant twists that kept me guessing all the way until the very end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Andy Green | 7/27/2012

    " This novel was fast moving and featured reasonably interesting characters. It's a bit hard to follow in some places but overall it's a good effort and quite exciting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Dave77 | 7/8/2012

    " This was an awesome spy novel set during WWII. Great characters, lots of intrigue, plenty of surprises and some top-notch writing makes this book a real winner. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Roger Stevens | 6/17/2012

    " An overly complicated plot and poor writing do not make for a good reading experience. This novel was real waste of my time. "

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