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5.0 out of 5 stars An atmospheric thriller and gripping read, 31 Jan. 2014
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I'm a Joseph Kanon fan and the Istanbul Passage lives up to his earlier work. I bought it to read on a trip to Istanbul, which would have been great, but read it before I went. It's set immediately after the Second World War and is hugely atmospheric. It's hard to believe it was written in 2012 because as well as creating a 1940s atmosphere, it is very much in the 'noire' tradition - a mysterious central character, an American patriot, but an outsider, morally flawed but somehow good, operating in an amoral world, where loyalty is bought and no one is quite what they seem. Apart from the more explicit sex, it could have been written at the time. In keeping with the noire tradition, the plot is splendidly convoluted and if you don't pay careful attention, you could lose it. That's all part of the pleasure, especially when it's such a cracking good read which holds your attention. I read it quickly, including on crowded tube trains and had to sit down and finish it when I got home, before I could prepare supper. It's that good.
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