Istanbul Passage Reviews
"Set in Turkey shortly after the Second World War, Istanbul Passage is the latest spy novel by author Joseph Kanon. Early on in the book, an American is killed during a botched secret agent transfer and all sides--Russian, American, Turkish--work hard to figure out exactly who and where the mole is. Istanbul Passage has some wonderful settings, beautifully described. The city of Istanbul comes alive in its pages as each mini-adventure is set in a distinct city neighborhood. Ultimately though Kanon chooses to maintain a clipped pace, sacrificing plot detail (and explanations) along the way. The result is an atmospheric yet tryingly obtuse novel." - Poornima Apte
"From an idealist to a pragmatist. 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." - Publishers Weekly
"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
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