Istanbul Passage

Istanbul Passage

A Novel

Book - 2012
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In 1945 Istanbul, American undercover agent Leon Bauer's attempt to save a life leads to a desperate manhunt, a game of shifting loyalties, and an unexpected love affair.
Publisher: New York, NY : Atria Books, 2012
Edition: First Atria Books hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781439156414
1439156417
9781439164822
9781439156438
Branch Call Number: FICTION KANON JOSEPH
Characteristics: 404 pages : map ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Istanbul passage

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josesuerte
Sep 12, 2013

It was a little heard to get into at first. THere were multiple character to keep track of. However, one you understood who the players were it became a good story. I visited Istanbul many years ago and I thought the prose was good. It reminded me of an Alan Furst novel. The ending is a good one. It is worth it to get bast the first 100 pages.

brianreynolds Apr 20, 2013

Reader's of Joseph Kanon's Istanbul Passage are provided with a detailed map of the Bosporus region and urban Istanbul of 1945. I wore out the book flipping back to see where I was. I was, nevertheless, still lost somewhat in the sea of characters and sentence fragments, the fog of history just prior to my childhood. Thrillers ought to be breathless and mysterious and Kanon manages both. I'm still in doubt, however, as to whether my muddle was the result of encroaching senility or a lack of clarity in the writing.

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billmacrotarian
Jan 13, 2013

Istanbul Passage is set in post WWII Turkey as the spy networks switch into cold war mode. American Leon Bauer has been helping Jews escape Europe and now has to help someone who was complicit in the murder of Jews escape the Russians. However, it seems that everyone wants his charge dead. As with all good spy novels the betrayals are early and often. Kanon has created a decent man who is honour bound to look after his distasteful charge while being able to trust no one. I read Istanbul Passage right after Alan Furst’s Mission to Paris. They are interesting book ends to WWII era espionage.

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roystreet
Nov 16, 2012

A disappointment: a thoroughly competent detective story, but it didn't live up to the mystery and suspense promised by the jacket photo. I've been to the city, and the descriptive passages seem like tourist post-it notes rather than revealing the soul of Istanbul. The characters likewise are pretty standard issue and don't come near to engaging the history and psyche of the place. Not much suspense, either.

KatSu Aug 28, 2012

Sorry to say I just couldn't seem to get into this one :(

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mam958
Jun 28, 2012

A good read. Some history woven in, good contrast in the types of American ex-pats.

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