“A fast-moving, thinking man’s thriller. . . tense and atmospheric [with] sinister intrigue.”
(The 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, in Publishers Weekly)
"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.”
(The Daily Beast
“Kanon delivers a satisfying atmospheric thriller.”
"Superbly crafted… A beautifully conceived and atmospheric thriller; highly recommended."
(Library Journal (Starred Review)
"Reminiscent of the works of Graham Greene."
(Alexander McCall Smith)
About the Author
is the author of five other novels, Los Alamos
, The Prodigal Spy
, The Good German
. Before becoming a full-time writer, he was a book publishing executive. He lives in New York City.