The Prodigal Spy

By Joseph Kanon
(Island, Mass Market Paperbound, 9780440225348, 544pp.)

Publication Date: November 8, 1999

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Description
In a time of accusations, treachery and lies, some secrets were heartbreaking....
Others were deadly.
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.
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.



About the Author
Joseph Kanon is the Edgar Award-winning author of "Leaving Berlin, Istanbul Passage", "Los Alamos", "The Prodigal Spy", "Alibi", "Stardust", and "The Good German", which was made into a major motion picture starring George Clooney and Cate Blanchett. Before becoming a full-time writer, he was a book publishing executive. He lives in New York City.


Praise For The Prodigal Spy

"An edgy spy thriller...[and] a tale of love—between father and son, man and woman—set against a foreboding background that is poignant and imminently believable....Captivating."—Denver Post

"Compelling...intriguing...superb....reads beautifully and convinces utterly."—Wall Street Journal

"Intriguing...Kanon wonderfully conveys the paranoia of the times....The Prodigal Spy has a richness of emotional layers usually not found in espionage novels." —USA Today

"Vivid...tense...reheats the Cold War with history, mystery and a political blast from the past."—People

"Kanon does a fine job...blending history, fiction, suspense and romance...but what he does the best is to turn more than a few moments in our history into a personal story that shows the reality of what we have done and can do to each other."—Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

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