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Random House Publishing Group, Fall 2018

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The Prodigal Spy
A Novel
By (author): Joseph Kanon
9780525621591 Paperback, Trade English General Trade FICTION / Thrillers / Espionage Sep 04, 2018
$23.00 CAD
Active 5.22 x 8.02 x 1.07 in 512 pages Bantam Dell Bantam
“Captivating…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.”—The Denver Post

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 in her D.C. hotel room.

Now, twenty years later, Nick will get a second chance. 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.

Story Locale: 1950s Washington D.C., 1970s Prague



KANON IS A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR, most recently of Defectors (Simon & Schuster, 06/17)

Joseph Kanon is the internationally bestselling author of eight novels, which have been published in twenty-four languages: Los Alamos, which won the Edgar Award for best first novel; The Good German, which was made into a film starring George Clooney and Cate Blanchett; The Prodigal Spy; Alibi, which earned Kanon the Hammett Award of the International Association of Crime Writers; Istanbul Passage; and Leaving Berlin. He is also a recipient of The Anne Frank Human Writers Award for his writings on the aftermath of the Holocaust. Before becoming a full-time writer, he was a book publishing executive. He lives in New York City with his wife, literary agent Robin Straus. They have two sons.

Author Residence: New York City

Author Hometown: Pennsylvania

“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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