Books by Joseph Kanon

Joseph Kanon is the author of three novels, The Good German, Los Alamos, and The Prodigal Spy. Before becoming a full-time writer, he was a book publishing executive. He lives in New York City.

DEFECTORS by Joseph Kanon
Released: June 6, 2017

"A blend of Spy vs. Spy and sibling vs. sibling (not since le Carré's A Perfect Spy has there been a family of spooks to rival this one), Kanon reaffirms his status as one of the very best writers in the genre."
In 1949, CIA agent Frank Weeks was exposed as a Communist spy and defected to the Soviet Union. A dozen years later, his brother, Simon, a publisher, gets into deep trouble when he travels to Moscow to work on Frank's memoir. Read full book review >
LEAVING BERLIN by Joseph Kanon
Released: March 3, 2015

"Another compelling, intellectually charged period piece by Kanon, who works in the shadows of fear as well as anyone now writing."
Set in 1949, a few years after Kanon's The Good German (2001), this novel explores the grave moral complexities of life in Soviet-controlled East Berlin through the tense encounters of Alex Meier, a young Jewish novelist of some renown working for the CIA.Read full book review >
Released: May 29, 2012

"With dialogue that can go off like gunfire and a streak of nostalgia that feels timeless, this book takes its place among espionage novels as an instant classic."
In 1945 Istanbul, Allied veteran Leon Bauer is running spy missions under the cover of a U.S. tobacco-importing business. Read full book review >
STARDUST by Joseph Kanon
Released: Sept. 29, 2009

"Yes, it's too long, resulting in a certain noticeable softness around the middle, but time and place are so vividly evoked, and the writing is so strong, that most readers will be of a mind to forgive."
Kanon's atmospheric, character-driven latest (Alibi, 2005, etc.) comes within a whisker of being flawless. Read full book review >
ALIBI by Joseph Kanon
Released: April 12, 2005

"Interesting characters, an affecting love story and a strong plot that unfortunately sags midway. But Kanon (The Good German, 2001, etc.) is a true talent: eventually, he might write thrillers as impeccable as Graham Greene's."
Venice—just after WWII—full of charm and romance, secrets and lies. Read full book review >
THE GOOD GERMAN by Joseph Kanon
Released: Oct. 4, 2001

Beaten, battered Berlin hides criminals and secrets from an American journalist looking for an old lover, her husband, one or two murderers, and answers. Lots of answers. Read full book review >
THE PRODIGAL SPY by Joseph Kanon
Released: Jan. 6, 1999

"Still, Kanon is very good. ($200,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
Edgar Award—winning Kanon (Los Alamos, 1997) returns with a Cold War spy tale. Read full book review >
LOS ALAMOS by Joseph Kanon
Released: June 2, 1997

"An unusually promising debut. ($150,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
From the former head of Houghton Mifflin's trade division, a first thriller set at Los Alamos during the later stages of the building of the atomic bomb. Read full book review >