INTERVIEW WITH JOSEPH KANON

The Accomplice Joseph Kanon Atria Books Nov 5th, 2019 The Accomplice by Joseph Kanon shows why he is one of today’s best espionage writers.  Not only is the story thrilling but it also explores some very moral questions.  The plot opens in 1962, seventeen years after the defeat of the Nazis. As Nazi hunter Max Weill is in a café with his nephew Aaron, he spots the notorious concentration camp doctor Otto Schramm, who worked with Mengele, “The Angel of Death.” Max spots Schramm walking down the street, but many question his observation since Schramm is supposedly dead.  It was reported and confirmed he died in a car accident...

REVIEW OF Joseph Kanon’s DEFECTORS Jun07

REVIEW OF Joseph Kanon’s DEFECTORS

DEFECTORS Joseph Kanon Atria Pub 6/6/17 One of the greatest crimes against a country is treason, spying for the enemy. A recent brilliantly written espionage book, DEFECTORS, by Joseph Kanon, is both fast paced and realistic. This Cold War thriller shows the moves and plays as if the characters are in a chess game. Beyond that it emphasizes the human side, what it is like for family members of a traitor, as well as the motivations of someone who is willing to betray and lie to everyone. Taking place in 1961 Moscow, during the height of the Cold War, readers learn about the history within a fascinating plot. It becomes obvious very early on...

INTERVIEW WITH Joseph Kanon

Elise Cooper: How did you get the idea for the story?   Joseph Kanon: The origin came out of something personal. Years ago I worked with a man who actually had a brother that defected. It was a fascinating story to me, and I realized no one talked about the family left behind. Once he had defected, that was the last heard of him. I thought about the after story, since he did not just vanish. I wondered what kind of life did he have, and what did he do all day. EC: How did you do the research? JK: I read about Kim Philby, a high-ranking member of British intelligence who was a Soviet agent. He defected in 1963 after working for the KGB....

An Interview with Joseph Kanon

LEAVING BERLIN by Joseph Kanon is a gripping historical thriller. The book’s plot takes place in Berlin four years after the end of World War II. What makes this novel special is that through an action-packed plot readers gain a glimpse of what it was like at the start of the Cold War, where the Stalinists replaced the Nazis. In many ways it is so realistic people will forget it is a thriller. This fast paced novel brings to life postwar Berlin, a city caught between the past atrocities of the Nazis and the harsh realities of the Soviet occupation. Elise Cooper: Are planning on a sequel because the book’s ending left that as a possibility?...

LEAVING BERLIN by Joseph Kanon

LEAVING BERLIN Joseph Kanon March 3rd, 2015 Atria Publisher LEAVING BERLIN by Joseph Kanon is a gripping historical thriller. The book’s plot takes place in Berlin four years after the end of World War II. What makes this novel special is that through an action-packed plot readers gain a glimpse of what it was like at the start of the Cold War, where the Stalinists replaced the Nazis. In many ways it is so realistic people will forget it is a thriller. The story line is based on the adventures of Alex Meier, a German whose father was Jewish and who sees himself as a socialist. With the help of his family he escaped to America before the...