The Prodigal Spy

The Prodigal Spy

Book - 1998
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What if the 1950s Communist witch-hunts had actually uncovered a spy? Joseph Kanon begins with this stunning premise and once again delivers the suspense, romance, and intrigue that rocketed Los Alamos onto the New York Times bestseller list.
Publisher: New York : Broadway Books, 1998
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780767901420
0767901428
Branch Call Number: KANO
Characteristics: 409 p

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lerche
Jul 25, 2015

J. Kanon's books, like "The Prodigal Spy", are easy reading and so entertaining one has trouble putting them down. However, due to their formulaic nature, I would not compare this author to John le Carre or Graham Greene, as some reviewers have done. I almost dread reaching the obligatory sex scene halfway through every novel. Is this really necessary? But I am always fascinated by the mix of fact and fiction in the stories. Less fascinated by the predictable good-to-bad-guy and vice versa characters. Mr. Kanon's characters are not nearly as subtly conflicted as John le Carre's. Nonetheless, I like reading this author.

JeremiahSutherland Jul 25, 2012

Not your average spy story. Worth reading.

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daghawke
Jul 02, 2010

Well written story blending the fictional 'collision' between a ranking state official and the McCarthy 'witch' hunt' of the fifties. Dripping with atmosphere of the times both in U.S and Europe when the story fast forwards to the time of the Vietnam War.

Very believable and moving characters examining some of the human costs of the Cold War.

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