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Published by Simon and Schuster, 1
June 2017. ISBN: 978-1-4711-6261-9 (HB)
ISBN: 978-1-4711-6262-6 (TPB)
The stresses and strains of
fraternal relationships have always been a fertile source for fiction and, in
this book, Frank and Simon Weekes are the brothers under the spotlight.In the 1950’s Frank, a CIA agent, defected to
Russia with his wife and son.He leaves
behind brother Simon, then a State Department employee, to wonder why and to cope
with the fallout.It’s now 1961 and Simon,
who has become a publisher in the intervening years, is in Moscow responding to
a request from Frank about the possibility of publishing his memoirs.Unlikely though it is that the book will ever
be published, Simon can’t forgo the possibility of finally finding out why his
brother betrayed his country.He quickly
discovers that it is not going to be that simple, and in a short time finds out
more about himself and his brother than he might have anticipated.
lives of the small international group of defectors (Guy Burgess inevitably
makes an appearance), the remains of old relationships, the unending sadness of
loss, all contribute to a tense feeling of claustrophobic anxiety.It’s an atmospheric and deftly-written book,
which should please existing fans and attract new readers.
books by the author:Leaving Berlin, Istanbul Passage, Stardust,
Alibi, The Prodigal Spy, Los Alamos, The Good German
Kanonis the internationally
bestselling author of eight novels, which have been published in
twenty-four languages: Los Alamos, which won the Edgar Award
for best first novel; The Good German, which was made into a film
starring George Clooney and Cate Blanchett; The Prodigal Spy,Alibi,
which earned Kanon the Hammett Award of the International Association of Crime
Writers; Istanbul Passage, and Leaving Berlin. He
is also a recipient of The Anne Frank Human Writers Award for his writings on
the aftermath of the Holocaust. Before becoming a full-time writer, he was a
book publishing executive. He lives in New York City with his wife, literary
agent Robin Straus. They have two sons.
Jo Hesslewood. Crime fiction has been my favourite reading
material since as a teenager I first spotted Agatha Christie on the library
bookshelves.For twenty-five years the
commute to and from London provided plenty of reading time.I am fortunate to live in Cambridge, where my
local crime fiction book club, Crimecrackers, meets at Heffers Bookshop .I enjoy attending crime fiction events and
currently organise events for the Margery Allingham Society.