The Prodigal Spy

The Prodigal Spy

Book - 1999
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In a time of accusations, treachery and lies, some secrets were heartbreaking ... Others were deadly. Once, Nick Kotlar tried to save his father. From the angry questions. From the accusations. From a piece of evidence that only Nick knew about and that he destroyed--for his father. But in the Red Scare of 1950 Walter Kotlar could not be saved. Branded a spy, he fled the country, leaving behind a wife, a young son--and a key witness lying dead below her D.C. hotel room. Now, twenty years later, Nick will get a second chance. Because a beautiful journalist has brought a message from his long-lost father, and Nick will follow her into Soviet-occupied Prague for a painful reunion. Confronting a father he barely remembers and a secret that could change everything, Nick knows he must return to the place where it all began: to unravel a lie, to penetrate a deadly conspiracy, and to expose the one person who knew the truth--and watched a family be destroyed
Publisher: New York : Dell, 1999, 1998
ISBN: 9780440225348
0440225345
Characteristics: 537 pages ; 18 cm

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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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