Istanbul survived World War II as a haven for refugees and a magnet for spies. In this gripping novel by the author of The Good German, expatriate American Leon Bauer was drawn into this shadow world, doing odd jobs undercover in support of the Allied war effort. As the espionage community begins to pack up and the city prepares for the grim realities of postwar life, Leon is given one last assignment—routine, until the job goes fatally wrong, and Leon is pinned in a tangle of shifting loyalties and moral uncertainty.
"[Joseph] Kanon so thoroughly immerses the readers in the history, beauty, and complexity of Istanbul that you can practically feel yourself moving through the tile-cooled mosques and twisted streets."—LATimes