Joseph Kanon - The Prodigal Spy
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Walter Kotlar is the epitome of the American dream, the son of working class immigrants who attends Yale and becomes part of the establishment, but he is caught up in the '50s fear of the 'red menace' and forced to testify before the Committee on Un-American Activities. He seems a very unlikely Communist, but before the hearing is concluded he has disappeared - defected to the East - though t before the chief witness has committed 'suicide'. 19 years later his son, Nick, receives a message that his father wants to see him in Prague. His first reaction is rejection and denial, but his memories and curiosity combined with a deep attraction for the messenger persuade him to risk the journey only a year after the Russian invasion. He discovers his father to be dying and eager to 'come home'. He learns too that the events preceding Walter's defection were t as simplistic as he'd thought, but before he can really work out what had happened his father is dead, probably murdered. Sure w that his father is more victim than villain, Nick kws he can only prove this in America, but he is stuck in a country where rules of evidence and justice are igred and getting out is t going to be straightforward ...
Author(s) Joseph Kanon
Publisher Little, Brown Book Group
Date of Publication 04/01/2000
Subject Crime, Thriller & Adventure
Place of Publication London
Country of Publication United Kingdom
Out-of-print date 10/12/2014
Weight 284 g
Width 107 mm
Height 176 mm
Spine 34 mm
Format Details A-format paperback
Author Biography Joe Kanon was a publisher for many years, but turned poacher by becoming a novelist with his first, bestselling thriller LOS ALAMOS.
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