“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)
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."
“A masterful work that is as gripping as it is intelligent.” (The Daily Beast
“Kanon delivers a satisfying atmospheric thriller.” (Entertainment Weekly
"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.