Istanbul Passage

Written by Joseph Kanon
Review by pdr lindsay-salmon

If you enjoy Graham Greene or John le Carré espionage novels, then this is the book for you—bleak, deceitful, and full of the nastiness of the grubby spy’s world of deal and counter-deal. Kanon tells the story of Leon Baur, an American expat in Istanbul just after WWII. Baur has already helped the Allies with a couple of courier jobs and now faces the problem of trying to rescue a man. A straightforward job? It should be. But everyone wants a piece of the man and no one is telling the truth, not even Baur to himself. In the end the confusions become deadly, and Baur ends up racing round Istanbul trying to save the man and himself.

Kanon has a reputation for good writing and a clever plot. This novel enhances that.