10% off all books and free delivery over £40
Buy from our bookstore and 25% of the cover price will be given to a school of your choice to buy more books. *15% of eBooks.


View All Editions

£8.99 £8.09

Temporarily Out Of Stock. Usually available in 3-5 working days.

Add To Wishlist
Write A Review Read An Extract

LoveReading Says

LoveReading Says

A Maxim Jakubowski selected title.

Ex-American publisher Joe Kanon is a much underrated master of the classic espionage tale, best known for The Good German which was filmed with George Clooney in the eponymous part, but his other novels of spies and the Cold War are all similarly gripping. Defectors, set in the late 1950s and early 1960s introduces two brothers who took different political paths, one who worked for the OSS and then the CIA and has now become a publisher and the other who defected to Russia out of personal conviction following the Spanish Civil War. When the latter, now living in Moscow with his family, writes his memoirs, his brother plans to visit him and is soon confronted by an intricate web of spying, treachery, past sins, shifting truths and regrets. Kanon's strength lies in the realism of his characters rather than the rote exposition of shenanigans and by the numbers action scenes and the results are eminently rewarding. An intelligent chess game-like thriller with a solid foundation of human experience, just the sort of book that hooks you in with stealth and then never lets go. Maxim Jakubowski

If you like Joseph Kanon you might also like to read books by Dan FespermanMartin Cruz Smith and Nelson DeMille.

Maxim Jakubowski

eBooks of the Month

Find This Book In

Primary Genre Espionage and Spy Thriller


Press Reviews


You Might Also Like...

The Break Line

James Brabazon


In Stock

£8.09 £8.99

Robert Ludlum's The Moscow Vector

Robert Ludlum and Patrick Larkin

Paperback (a Format)

In Stock

£9.89 £10.99

Those in Peril

Wilbur Smith

Ebook (Epub)

Digital. Available Immediately. Country restrictions apply.


Robert Ludlum's (TM) The Bourne Sacrifice

Brian Freeman

Ebook (Epub)

Digital. Available Immediately. Country restrictions apply.