DE­FEC­TORS by Joseph Kanon, Si­mon & Schus­ter.

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - BOOKS - LM

Amer­i­can pub­lisher Si­mon Weeks is land­ing at an air­port on the out­skirts of Moscow in 1961, 12 years af­ter his older brother Frank shock­ingly de­fected to the Soviet Union. So what will Si­mon find when he meets him for the first time in more than a decade? A re­tired spy who wants to pub­lish his mem­oirs? A pen­i­tent with a han­ker­ing for home? Or an ac­tive agent look­ing to wreak havoc in the name of com­mu­nism? Kanon keeps us, and Si­mon, guess­ing. Along the way he draws a pic­ture of a com­mu­nity of priv­i­leged Western de­fec­tors. True be­liev­ers who are well looked af­ter but never trusted. It’s a tricky mi­lieu, per­fect for a story of be­trayal and mur­der. And when fam­ily is in­volved the war may be cold but the blood runs de­cid­edly hot.

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