Joseph Kanon

1 Leaving Berlin

Author : Joseph Kanon
Genre :  Mysteries & Thrillers  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2015-03-03
Description :  <i>New York Times</i> Notable Book * NPR Best Books 2015 * <i>Wall Street Journal</i> Best Books of 2015<br /><br />The acclaimed author of <i>The Good German </i>“deftly captures the ambience” (<i>The New York Times Book Review</i>) of postwar East Berlin in his “thought-provoking, pulse-pounding” (<i>Wall Street Journal) New York Times </i>bestseller—a sweeping spy thriller about a city caught between political idealism and the harsh realities of Soviet occupation.<br /><br />Berlin, 1948. Almost four years after the war’s end, the city is still in ruins, a physical wasteland and a political symbol about to rupture. In the West, a defiant, blockaded city is barely surviving on airlifted supplies; in the East, the heady early days of political reconstruction are being undermined by the murky compromises of the Cold War. Espionage, like the black market, is a fact of life. Even culture has become a battleground, with German intellectuals being lured back from exile to add credibility to the competing sectors.<br /><br />Alex Meier, a young Jewish writer, fled the Nazis for America before the war. But the politics of his youth have now put him in the crosshairs of the McCarthy witch-hunts. Faced with deportation and the loss of his family, he makes a desperate bargain with the fledgling CIA: he will earn his way back to America by acting as their agent in his native Berlin. But almost from the start things go fatally wrong. A kidnapping misfires, an East German agent is killed, and Alex finds himself a wanted man. Worse, he discovers his real assignment—to spy on the woman he left behind, the only woman he has ever loved. Changing sides in Berlin is as easy as crossing a sector border. But where do we draw the lines of our moral boundaries? At betrayal? Survival? Murder? Joseph Kanon’s compelling thriller is a love story that brilliantly brings a shadowy period of history vividly to life.

2 Istanbul Passage

Author : Joseph Kanon
Genre :  Mysteries & Thrillers  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2012-05-29
Description :  In the bestselling tradition of espionage novels by John LeCarre and Alan Furst, <i>Istanbul Passage</i> brilliantly illustrates why Edgar Award–winning author Joseph Kanon has been hailed as "the heir apparent to Graham Greene" (<i>The Boston Globe</i>).<br /><br />Istanbul survived the Second World War as a magnet for refugees and spies. Even expatriate American Leon Bauer was drawn into this shadow world, doing undercover odd jobs in support of the Allied war effort. Now as the espionage community begins to pack up and an apprehensive city prepares for the grim realities of postwar life, Leon is given one last routine assignment. But when the job goes fatally wrong—an exchange of gunfire, a body left in the street, and a potential war criminal on his hands—Leon is trapped in a tangle of shifting loyalties and moral uncertainty. <br /><br />Played out against the bazaars and mosques and faded mansions of this knowing, ancient Ottoman city, Istanbul Passage is the unforgettable story of a man swept up in the dawn of the Cold War, of an unexpected love affair, and of a city as deceptive as the calm surface waters of the Bosphorus that divides it.

3 The Good German

Author : Joseph Kanon
Genre :  Historical  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2007-04-01
Description :  Set in Berlin just after the end of World War II, a brilliant thriller about the end of one war and the beginning of another, by the bestselling author of <i>Los Alamos</i>.<br /><br />Berlin, 1945. Jake Geismar, former Berlin correspondent for CBS, has managed to wangle one of the coveted press slots for the Potsdam Conference. His assignment: a series of articles on the American occupation of postwar Berlin. His personal agenda: to find Lena, the German mistress he left behind at the outbreak of the war. When he stumbles on a murder--an American soldier washed up on the shore of the conference grounds--he thinks he has found the key that will unlock his Berlin story. What he finds instead is a larger story of corruption and intrigue reaching deep into the heart of the occupation and a city not only physically but morally devastatated, where children scavenge for food in the rubble, sex can be had for a cigarette, and the black market is the only means of survival.<br /><br />Berlin at zero hour is like nowhere else--a tragedy, and a feverish party after the end of the world. And nothing is simple--not the murder of a soldier and not any of the lives, American and German, that Jake encounters as he tries to solve it. More unsolvable still is the larger crime that hangs over everything in 1945, a crime so huge it seems beyond punishment. <br /><br />At once a murder mystery, a love story, and a riveting portrait of a unique time and place, Jason Kanon's <i>The Good German</i> is a historical thriller of the first rank.

4 Defectors

Author : Joseph Kanon
Genre :  Mysteries & Thrillers  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $12.99
Release Date :  2017-06-06
Description :  The bestselling author of <i>Leaving Berlin</i> and <i>Istanbul Passage</i> “continues to demonstrate that he is up there with the very best...of spy thriller writers” (<i>The Times</i>, UK) with this “fascinating” (<i>The Washington Post</i>) novel about two brothers bound by blood but divided by loyalty.<br /><br />In 1949, Frank Weeks, agent of the newly formed CIA, was exposed as a Communist spy and fled the country to vanish behind the Iron Curtain. Now, twelve years later, he has written his memoirs, a KGB- approved project almost certain to be an international bestseller, and has asked his brother Simon, a publisher, to come to Moscow to edit the manuscript. It’s a reunion Simon both dreads and longs for.<br /><br />The book is sure to be filled with mischief and misinformation; Frank’s motives suspect, the CIA hostile. But the chance to see Frank, his adored older brother, proves irresistible. And at first Frank is still Frank—the same charm, the same jokes, the same bond of affection that transcends ideology.<br /><br />Then Simon begins to glimpse another Frank, capable of treachery and actively working for “the service.” He finds himself dragged into the middle of Frank’s new scheme, caught between the KGB and the CIA in a fatal cat and mouse game that only one of the brothers is likely to survive.<br /><br />“A finely paced Cold War thriller with [Kanon’s] usual flair for atmospheric detail, intriguing characters, and suspenseful action” (<i>Library Journal</i>), <i>Defectors</i> takes us to the heart of a world of secrets, where even the people we know best can’t be trusted and murder is just collateral damage.

5 Alibi

Author : Joseph Kanon
Genre :  Historical  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2007-04-01
Description :  <b>From the bestselling author of<i> Los Alamos</i> and <i>The Good German</i> comes a riveting tale of love, revenge and murder set in postwar Venice</b><br /><br />It is 1946, and a stunned Europe is beginning its slow recovery from the ravages of World War II. Adam Miller has come to Venice to visit his widowed mother and try to forget the horrors he has witnessed as a U.S. Army war crimes investigator in Germany. Nothing has changed in Venice-not the beautiful palazzi, not the violins at Florian's, not the shifting water that makes the city, untouched by bombs, still seem a dream.<br /><br />But when Adam falls in love with Claudia, a Jewish woman scarred by her devastating experiences during the war, he is forced to confront another Venice, a city still at war with itself, haunted by atrocities it would rather forget. Everyone, he discovers, has been compromised by the Occupation-the international set drinking at Harry's, the police who kept order for the Germans, and most of all Gianni Maglione, the suave and enigmatic Venetian who happens to be his mother's new suitor. And when, finally, the troubled past erupts in violent murder, Adam finds himself at the center of a web of deception, intrigue, and unexpected moral dilemmas. When is murder acceptable? What are the limits of guilt? How much is someone willing to pay for a perfect alibi?<br /><br />Using the piazzas and canals of Venice as an enthralling but sinister backdrop, Joseph Kanon has again written a gripping historical thriller. <i>Alibi</i> is at once a murder mystery, a love story, and a superbly crafted novel about the nature of moral responsibility.

6 The Prodigal Spy

Author : Joseph Kanon
Genre :  Mysteries & Thrillers  Books  Fiction & Literature  Family 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  1998-12-29
Description :  In a time of accusations, treachery and lies, some secrets were heartbreaking....<br /><br />Others were deadly.<br /><br />Once, Nick Kotlar tried to save his father. From the angry questions. From the accusations. From a piece of evidence that only Nick knew about and that he destroyed—for his father. But in the Red Scare of 1950 Walter Kotlar could not be saved. Branded a spy, he fled the country, leaving behind a wife, a young son—and a key witness lying dead below her D.C. hotel room.<br /><br />Now, twenty years later, Nick will get a second chance. Because a beautiful journalist has brought a message from his long-lost father, and Nick will follow her into Soviet-occupied Prague for a painful reunion. Confronting a father he barely remembers and a secret that could change everything, Nick knows he must return to the place where it all began: to unravel a lie, to penetrate a deadly conspiracy, and to expose the one person who knew the truth—and watched a family be destroyed.

7 Los Alamos

Author : Joseph Kanon
Genre :  Mysteries & Thrillers  Books  Romance  Suspense 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  1997-05-05
Description :  In a dusty, remote community of secretly constructed buildings and awesome possibility, the world's most brilliant minds have come together. Their mission: to split an atom and end a war. But among those who have come to Robert Oppenheimer's "enchanted campus" of foreign-born scientists, baffled guards, and restless wives is a simple man, an unraveler of human secrets—a man in search of a killer.<br /><br />It is the spring of 1945. And Michael Connolly has been sent to Los Alamos to investigate the murder of a security officer on the Manhattan Project. But amid the glimmering cocktail parties and the staggering genius, Connolly will find more than he bargained for. Sleeping in a dead man's bed and making love to another man's wife, Connolly has entered the moral no-man's-land of Los Alamos. For in this place of discovery and secrecy, hope and horror, Connolly is plunged into a shadowy war with a killer—as the world is about to be changed forever....

8 Stardust

Author : Joseph Kanon
Genre :  Mysteries & Thrillers  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $12.99
Release Date :  2009-09-29
Description :  <b>THE ACCLAIMED, BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF<br /> <i>THE GOOD GERMAN</i> AND <i>LOS ALAMOS</i> RETURNS<br /> WITH HIS MOST ABSORBING AND ACCOMPLISHED<br /> NOVEL YET -- A MESMERIZING TALE OF HOLLYWOOD,<br /> POSTWAR POLITICAL INTRIGUE, AND ONE MAN'S<br /> DETERMINATION TO LEARN THE TRUTH<br /> ABOUT HIS BROTHER'S DEATH.</b> <br /><br /> Hollywood, 1945. Ben Collier has just arrived from wartorn Europe to find that his brother, Daniel, has died in mysterious circumstances. Why would a man with a beautiful wife, a successful career in the movies, and a heroic past choose to kill himself? <br /><br /> Determined to uncover the truth, Ben enters the maze of the studio system and the uneasy world beneath the glossy shine of the movie business. For this is the moment when politics and the dream factories are beginning to collide as Communist witch hunts render the biggest stars and star makers vulnerable. Even here, where the devastation of Europe seems no more real than a painted movie set, the war casts long and dangerous shadows. When Ben learns troubling facts about his own family's past, he is caught in the middle of a web of deception that shakes his moral foundation to its core. <br /><br /> Rich with atmosphere and period detail, <i>Stardust</i> flawlessly blends fact and fiction into a haunting thriller evoking both the glory days of the movies and the emergence of a dark strain of American political life. It brilliantly proves why Joseph Kanon has been hailed as the "heir apparent to Graham Greene" (<i>The Boston Globe</i>).

9 Leaving Berlin

Author : Joseph Kanon
Genre :  Mysteries & Thrillers  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $19.99
Release Date :  2015-10-12
Description :  Berlin 1949 – der neue atemberaubende Spionagethriller von Bestsellerautor Joseph Kanon<br /><br />Berlin 1949: Die Stadt liegt immer noch in Trümmern. Der Kalte Krieg hat begonnen, der Westteil der Stadt kann nur noch durch eine Luftbrücke versorgt werden. Im Ostteil formiert sich die DDR als sozialistischer Staat. Schwarzmarkt und Spionage sind an der Tagesordnung. Selbst die Kultur ist zu einem ideologischen Schlachtfeld geworden. Der Schriftsteller Alex Meier war 1933 vor den Nazis in die USA geflohen und hat dort Fuß gefasst. Doch das McCarthy-Regime hat seine politische Vergangenheit durchleuchtet und ihn aus den USA ausgewiesen. Er geht nach Ostberlin, wo sich auch Bertold Brecht, Helene Weigel und Ruth Berlau niedergelassen haben. Die CIA bietet ihm die Chance auf eine Rückkehr in die USA, wenn er seine Schrift stellerkollegen ausspioniert. Doch die Sache läuft aus dem Ruder, als Alex erfährt, dass er die Frau verraten soll, die er einst über alle Maßen geliebt hat und in Deutschland zurücklassen musste …

10 Estambul

Author : Joseph Kanon
Genre :  Mysteries & Thrillers  Books 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2014-01-29
Description :  Estambul ha sido durante la Segunda Guerra Mundial un imán para refugiados, espías y todo tipo de traficantes de secretos. Leon Bauer, expatriado norteamericano, ha vivido en ese mundo de sombras, haciendo de correo para los aliados. Ahora que la guerra ha terminado y muchos integrantes de la comunidad internacional se disponen a abandonar la ciudad, Leon recibe un último encargo aparentemente rutinario. Pero algo sale mal, se produce un tiroteo, alguien muere y Leon se ve inmerso en una intriga que le obligará a cuestionarse sus lealtades y sus certezas morales.

11 Omicidio a Istanbul

Author : Joseph Kanon
Genre :  Mysteries & Thrillers  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2013-09-12
Description :  I segreti di una città avvolta dal mistero<br /><br />Un thriller rivelazione<br />Bestseller del New York Times<br /><br />La seconda guerra mondiale si è appena conclusa, e a Istanbul i servizi segreti si preparano a lasciare la città. Per l’uomo d’affari americano Leon Bauer, che ha svolto diversi incarichi sotto copertura a sostegno degli alleati, c’è un’ultima missione da portare a termine: prendere in custodia un disertore e nasconderlo per un paio di giorni, fino a quando un aereo statunitense non verrà a prenderlo. Un lavoro apparentemente semplice, quasi di routine, ma qualcosa va storto. Mentre Leon sta per eseguire la consegna, nel buio partono dei colpi di pistola e un uomo si accascia sulla banchina del porto. Da quel momento Bauer si ritrova coinvolto in un oscuro intrigo: chi è la talpa che ha mandato all’aria i piani? E chi è davvero l’uomo che sta proteggendo? Tentando di sfuggire ai russi, alla polizia e ai servizi segreti, Leon dovrà infrangere le regole e scoprire le reali intenzioni di chi lo circonda, in una serrata caccia all’uomo tra bazar, moschee e antichi palazzi abitati da figure ambigue e donne affascinanti, nel dedalo di una città ingannevole come le calme acque del Bosforo. Un sorprendente spy thriller ricco di atmosfera e dal ritmo travolgente.<br /><br />Acclamato dalla critica americana <br />Bestseller del New York Times <br />Arriva in Italia il nuovo maestro del thriller<br /><br />«Sensazionale! Nessuno scrive con lo stesso stile e suspance - per non parlare delle storie - di Joseph Kanon. Una lettura straordinaria.»<br />Scott Turow<br /><br />«Joseph Kanon ambienta i suoi libri nella storia moderna e il suo stile riflette con grande maestria il tempo in cui si svolgono i fatti.»<br />Lee Child<br /><br />«Kanon ci porta a Istanbul nel primo inverno del dopoguerra: una città contraddittoria e tentacolare, dove ognuno deve cavarsela tra molte scelte difficili.»<br />The Washington Post<br /><br />«Con una trama ben costruita e un’ambientazione vivida e affascinante, Kanon riesce a farci assaporare l’atmosfera della vecchia Istanbul del dopoguerra.»<br />New York Times Book Review<br /><br />«Questo romanzo ha ritmo, tensione, atmosfera e un intrigo misterioso e avvincente.»<br />The Wall Street Journal<br /><br />Joseph Kanon<br />Vive con la moglie e i due figli a New York, dove ha lavorato nel campo dell’editoria prima di dedicarsi a tempo pieno alla scrittura. È autore di cinque romanzi tra cui The Good German, da cui è stato tratto il film Intrigo a Berlino con George Clooney e Cate Blanchett.

12 Die Istanbul Passage

Author : Joseph Kanon
Genre :  Mysteries & Thrillers  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $19.99
Release Date :  2014-06-09
Description :  Als neutrale Stadt zwischen Europa und Asien war Istanbul im Zweiten Weltkrieg Magnet für Flüchtlinge und Spione. Leon Bauer, ein amerikanischer Geschäftsmann, ist durch kleine Undercover-Tätigkeiten für die Alliierten mit der Unterwelt in Berührung gekommen. Nun, als die Geheimdienste abziehen und sich die Stadt auf die Realität der Nachkriegszeit einstellt, bekommt Leon einen letzten Routine-Auftrag. Doch als ihm der Job gefährlich aus dem Ruder läuft und er der attraktiven Gattin des amerikanischen Botschafters in der Türkei verfällt, weiß Leon bald nicht mehr, wem er vertrauen kann, und wo das Gute aufhört und das Böse beginnt ...

13 Omicidio a Berlino

Author : Joseph Kanon
Genre :  Mysteries & Thrillers  Books 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2016-03-17
Description :  «Cattura abilmente l’atmosfera di una città che è ancora un deserto, quasi quattro anni dopo la sconfitta dei nazisti.»<br /> The New York Times<br /><br /> I segreti di una città avvolta dal mistero<br /><br /> Il thriller bestseller dell'anno<br /><br /> Berlino, 1949. A quattro anni dalla fine della guerra, la città è ancora piena di macerie. La parte occidentale sopravvive a malapena grazie ai rifornimenti che arrivano per via aerea; a est il desiderio di ricostruzione è compromesso dalla Guerra Fredda. Lo spionaggio e il mercato nero sono all’ordine del giorno. Alex Meier, un giovane scrittore ebreo, è sfuggito ai nazisti prima della guerra e si è rifugiato in America. Ma a causa degli ideali politici della sua giovinezza è ormai nel mirino di McCarthy. Di fronte alla possibilità di essere deportato e di perdere la sua famiglia, fa un affare disperato con la neonata CIA: potrà tornare in America dopo che avrà lavorato come agente segreto nella sua Berlino. Ma le cose non vanno bene: un rapimento non riuscito, un agente tedesco ucciso, e Alex si trova a essere un ricercato. Peggio ancora, scopre che il suo vero incarico è spiare la donna che ha lasciato, l’unica che abbia mai amato. Cambiare bandiera a Berlino è facile, ma ci sono limiti morali che non possono essere oltrepassati…<br /> Un thriller avvincente che è anche una storia d’amore e che fa brillantemente rivivere un periodo oscuro della storia.<br /><br />Uno dei libri migliori dell’anno per il New York Times e il Wall Street Journal<br /><br /> «Coinvolgente… cattura abilmente l’atmosfera di una città che è ancora un deserto, quasi quattro anni dopo la sconfitta dei nazisti… Kanon lascia che la storia accompagni tutto il romanzo, arricchendo la vicenda principale con aneddoti che contribuiscono a tratteggiare un clima di doppiezza e di diffidenza.»<br />The New York Times Book Review<br /><br /> «Se state cercando qualcosa tra Le Carré e Graham Greene, Omicidio a Berlino corrisponde perfettamente. Uno dei libri più straordinari letti da molti anni.»&#xa0;<br />Libro dell’anno per il Mail on Sunday<br /><br /> «Un quadro indimenticabile di una città distrutta dalla sconfitta e crivellata dal tradimento. Geniale.»<br />The Times<br /><br /> «Questo thriller storico e di spionaggio al cardiopalma è ricco di eventi e sorprese… Kanon riesce a trasmettere in modo dettagliato l’atmosfera tetra e opprimente di una Berlino occupata. Omicidio a Berlino è un mix di sequenze d’azione tese, fotografie color seppia, dialoghi convincenti e humour berlinese.»<br />Wall Street Journal<br /><br /><b>Joseph Kanon</b><br /><br />Vive con la moglie e i due figli a New York, dove ha lavorato nel campo dell’editoria prima di dedicarsi a tempo pieno alla scrittura. È autore di cinque romanzi tra cui The Good German, da cui è stato tratto il film Intrigo a Berlino con George Clooney e Cate Blanchett. La Newton Compton ha pubblicato Omicidio a Istanbul e Omicidio a Berlino.



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