Istanbul Passage offers access to the compromised milieu of a vivid metropolis...– Washington Post
Kanon compounds the fraught postwar mood with a location to match…Istanbul...– New York Times Book Review
Superbly crafted … A beautifully conceived and atmospheric thriller;...– Library Journal (starred review)
ISTANBUL PASSAGE is a first-rate espionage novel, filled with complexity and...– Chris Pavone, New York Times bestselling author of The Expats, in Publishers Weekly
With dialogue that can go off like gunfire and a streak of nostalgia that feels...– Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
ISTANBUL PASSAGE bristles with authenticity. Joseph Kanon has a unique and...– Olen Steinhauer, New York Times bestselling author of The Tourist
May 1, 2012—New York Public Library panel in mysteries, New York, NY May 18-19, 2012—South Carolina Book Festival, Columbia, SC June 5, 2012—Book Expo Signing, Javits Center, New York, NY June 9-10, 2012—Printers Row Book Festival, Chicago, IL June 11, 2012—Parnassus Books, Nashville, TN June 12, 2012—Booksellers @ Laurelwood, Memphis, TN June 13, 2012—Square Books, Oxford, MS June 14,...
Where To Eat in Istanbul
I’ve been asked a lot of questions about my research for Istanbul Passage, but the most frequent one (by far) is: where did you eat? So here’s a general answer with a few restaurant recommendations. None of these are out-of-the-way places. They’ll all be known to your hotel and most taxis. Istanbul Passageis set in 1945 so most of the places where Leon, its...
Author video for Istanbul Passage that we shot on site is finally ready. If you ignore me and look at the extraordinary city behind, you’ll get a sense of what’s in the book. Hope you enjoy. http://www.simonandschuster.com/multimedia?video=1494197938001
Taking a break from correcting page proofs of Istanbul Passage. I’ve seen this process countless times— from both sides of the desk—and there’s still something magical about a book taking physical form, all those legal pad pages with scratch-outs (word?) suddenly neatly in type, an idea now something tangible. I’m not a Luddite— it’s ok by me if...
Overheard yesterday in a doctor’s waiting room: Receptionist: Oh hi! Nice to see you. Did you get married? Patient: No. I just had the surgery.
Nothing like a visitor from out-of-town to remind one of the cultural riches of New York. Took in the beautiful Moghul Portraits at Asia Society, the fascinating Cindy Sherman show at MOMA, an evening at the theater (Other Desert Cities), then collapsed in front of the Oscars while the visitor kept going (a whole day at the Met).
Just back from Lisbon. The long sleep of the Salazar years preserved much of the center city in a kind of amber (new high rise business districts further out). So just the kind of city designed to be a thriller background—peeling facades, quiet squares, old trams, 40s window fronts. All it needed was mist rolling in from the river and a man in a hat lurking in a doorway.. Instead, we...
Reading Wolfgang Leonhard’s memoir, one of the few first-hand accounts of growing up in Stalin’s Russia. Still interesting but now a time capsule of a book—nothing dates faster than yesterday’s politics.
Check out more Istanbul photos here. Everybody wants to be in pictures. While we were shooting the author video for Istanbul Passage, we found just a camera tripod was a magnet for people. You can see a few of them in the photos I’ve posted. At first, I thought a matter of curiosity, but it turned out all of them wanted Their pictures taken. The fisherman at Rumeli Hisari, for...
An Interview with Joseph Kanon
Joe Kanon and Jesse Kornbluth were great friends in college. Then they moved to the same city and hadn’t done more than wave across crowded rooms in almost thirty years. But as soon as they sat down for this interview, it was as if they were having coffee after an analysis of a great novel in some college English class. The only difference was that the great novel they were dissecting was...