Istanbul Passage: a novel by Joseph Kanon

Reminiscent of John Le Carre, this novel takes us to the seamy side of post-World War II:  the Cold War.  Spies and their intricate layers of deception, lovers betrayed and lovers lost ,the terrible aftermath of the Holocaust, all take place in and around the ancient city of Istanbul, Turkey, in 1945. 

Leon Bauer, an American businessman who speaks Turkish, has one last espionage assignment before leaving the city — but it goes horribly wrong.

The writer’s style is staccato, with short sentences often reading like the rat-a-tat of a machine gun.

Reviewed by Charleynne

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