Defectors

Joseph Kanon. Atria, $27 (384p) ISBN 978-1-5011-2139-5
Edgar-winner Kanon’s fast-moving, well-written espionage thriller offers few surprises for genre devotees. In 1949, after Frank Weeks, who worked for the Central Intelligence Group’s Office of Policy Coordination, was unmasked as a Soviet spy, his brother and confidante, Simon, was forced to resign from the State Department. Simon landed on his feet when he was hired by M. Keating & Sons, a publishing company he ends up running. In 1961, the brothers reunite in Moscow. Frank is writing his memoirs, which are to be published by M. Keating, and he’s asked his sibling to help him complete the book. Given that Frank cost Simon his career, the reunion is awkward, and their interactions are roiled further by Simon’s renewed connection with Frank’s wife, an old flame of his. Things get messier when Frank seeks to use Simon again, involving him in a complex scheme that leads to violence. As always, Kanon (Los Alamos) gets his period detail right and conveys the setting vividly, even if the characters’ depth isn’t at the same level as in his better outings. Agent: Amanda Urban, ICM Partners. (June)
Reviewed on: 04/03/2017
Release date: 06/06/2017
Genre: Fiction
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