Similar to the taut WWII-era thrillers Stardust and The Good German, best-selling author Joseph Kanon's latest finds American businessman Leon Bauer doing odd jobs for the Allies in 1945 Istanbul. When a routine assignment goes wrong, Leon is plunged into a web of intrigue and changing loyalties that leaves him no one to trust. Caught up in a deadly manhunt, Leon is faced with a crippling decision-how can he do the right thing when every choice would bring terrible consequences?
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"After WWII, tobacco company representative Leon Bauer's side job is working as an operative for the CIA in Istanbul. What looks to be a routine pickup of a foreigner being smuggled into the country goes horribly wrong and leaves Leon in the precarious position of playing bodyguard to a man he doesn't know. Jefferson Mays's best voice is for a friend whose conscience makes him question Leon's mission. His disdain comes through in every syllable. Alexei, the man Leon is guarding, has a slightly deep, controlled voice that works well. Mays's voices are consistent, and characters' attitudes are reflected in his tones. A sometimes slow plot is enlivened by sporadic action and Mays's narration as Leon determines whom to trust. M.B. (c) AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine"
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