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»Moreover, Kanon — best known for The Good German and the Edgar Award-winning Los Alamos — so thoroughly immerses the reader in the history, beauty and complexity of Istanbul that you can practically feel yourself moving through the tile-cooled mosques and twisted streets, smell the leather bags in the Bazaar, see „the open mouth of the Bosphorus, alive with boats.“

Paula Woods about the new thriller Istanbul Passage by Joseph Kanon. Her review at

»A good murder is harder to find than you think. We’re so used to the theatrical crimes served up nightly on TV that we forget most police blotters in real life are records of mindless violence, domestic arguments gone out of control, the desperate overreaching of the not-too-bright. No glamorous blonde, no wicked conspiracy.«
Joseph Kanon about Midnight in Peking: How the Murder of a Young Englishwoman Haunted the Last Days of Old China by Paul French. His review at