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Istanbul Passage by Joseph Kanon

Aug 1, 2013

FlowerPassage Istanbul 300x220 Istanbul Passage by Joseph Kanon mels book reviews Mel Malmberg mel joseph kanon istanbul passage book reviews  photoA taut thriller set in Istanbul just after WWII, Istanbul Passage features a compelling compact narrative, an intriguing multinational and fully drawn cast of characters, and moody musings on morality and patriotism. The clipped dialogue, à la Robert MItchum, may be a deal breaker for some, but it’s worth sticking with as the action becomes ever more tightly wound over just a few winter days.  American tobacco salesman Leon Bauer (whose Jewish wife is in a catatonic state after a horrific accident involving refugees) moves almost inadvertently from pre-war low-level courier to post-war spymaster. The beauties and pleasures, the harshness and brutality of physical Istanbul provide a backdrop for the human residents who must all choose sides in the looming Cold War. A unique page turner that captures time, place and atmosphere.

 

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