Baldwin Boettcher Evening Book Club

Istanbul PassagePlease join us for a discussion of Joseph Kanon's spy thriller, Istanbul Passage.  We'll meet at 6:30 pm, on Monday, December 2, at Baldwin Boettcher Branch.  Copies of the book are available at the library.

Summary:  A neutral city straddling Europe and Asia, Istanbul survived the Second World War as a magnet for refugees and spies, trafficking in secrets and lies rather than soldiers.  Expatriate American businessman Leon Bauer was drawn into this shadow world, doing undercover odd jobs and courier runs for the Allied war effort. 

Now, as the espionage community packs up and the city prepares for the grim realities of postwar life, Leon is given one last routine assignment.  But when the job goes fatally wrong, he is plunged into a tangle of intrigue, shifting loyalties, and moral uncertainty.  Set against the bazaars, mosques and faded mansions of an ancient city, this novel explores existential themes.