Kanon has, rightfully, been compared to Le Carre, Greene and Alan Furst. Istanbul Passage is an excellent spy novel in the tradition of these other writers. Istanbul is drawn with exactness; the convoluted atmosphere of spying in post- WWII is conveyed with lies, shifting loyalties and uncertain motives. Even our protagonist, Leon, isn’t sure of his own motives.
Leon has been sent to do a straight-forward pickup. Meet a boat bringing in a man and take him to a safe destination. When it all goes wrong Leon finds he has killed a man and must now ensure the safety of his package. But his ‘package’ is more than he knows, perhaps a man not worth saving, and a man that every side wants.
Kanon brings out a new book approximately every three years. Each one is worth the wait and Istanbul Passage is no exception.