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From the bestselling author of Istanbul Passage comes a sweeping, atmospheric novel of postwar East Berlin, a city caught between political idealism and the harsh realities of Soviet occupation.

Berlin 1948. Almost four years after the war’s end, the city is still in ruins, a physical wasteland and a political symbol about to rupture. In the West, a defiant, blockaded city is barely surviving on airlifted supplies; in the East, the heady early days of political reconstruction are being undermined by the murky compromises of the Cold War. Espionage, like the black market, is a fact of life. Even culture has become a battleground, with German intellectuals being lured back from exile to add credibility to the competing sectors.

Alex Meier, a young Jewish writer, fled the Nazis for America before the war. But the politics of his youth have now put him in the crosshairs of the McCarthy witch-hunts. Faced with deportation and the loss of his family, he makes a desperate bargain with the fledgling CIA: he will earn his way back to America by acting as their agent in his native Berlin. But almost from the start things go fatally wrong. A kidnapping misfires, an East German agent is killed, and Alex finds himself a wanted man. Worse, he discovers his real assignment—to spy on the woman he left behind, the only woman he has ever loved. Changing sides in Berlin is as easy as crossing a sector border. But where do we draw the lines of our moral boundaries? Betrayal? Survival? Murder?

Filled with intrigue, and the moral ambiguity of conflicted loyalties, Joseph Kanon’s new novel is a compelling thriller and a love story that brings a shadowy period of history vividly to life.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Kanon’s thought-provoking, pulse-pounding, historical espionage thriller [is] stuffed with incident and surprise…[and] conveys the bleak, oppressive, and creepy atmosphere of occupied Berlin in a detailed, impressive manner…Leaving Berlin is a mix of tense action sequences, sepia-tinged reminiscence, convincing discourse, and Berliner wit.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Deftly captures the ambience of a city that’s still a wasteland almost four years after the Nazis’ defeat…Kanon keeps the story humming along, enriching the main narrative with vignettes that heighten the atmosphere of duplicity and distrust.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “If you are looking for a combination of le Carré and Graham Greene, Leaving Berlin will do the trick perfectly.”

    Mail on Sunday (London)

  • “Listeners can sense the urgency in narrator Corey Brill’s voice as he literally commands them to concentrate on Kanon’s fascinating and fanciful audiobook… an entertaining historical thriller.”

    AudioFile

  • A New York Times Editor’s Choice
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A London Mail on Sunday Book of the Year
  • A BookPage Best Book of 2015 for Mysteries & Thrillers
  • A 2015 New York Times Book Review Notable Book
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