The Prodigal Spy Author:Joseph Kanon In a time of accusations, treachery and lies, some secrets were heartbreaking.... — Others were deadly. — Once, Nick Kotlar tried to save his father. From the angry questions. From the accusations. From a piece of evidence that only Nick knew about and that he destroyed--for his father. But in the Red Scare of 1950 Walter Kotlar could not be saved... more ». Branded a spy, he fled the country, leaving behind a wife, a young son--and a key witness lying dead below her D.C. hotel room.
Now, twenty years later, Nick will get a second chance. Because a beautiful journalist has brought a message from his long-lost father, and Nick will follow her into Soviet-occupied Prague for a painful reunion. Confronting a father he barely remembers and a secret that could change everything, Nick knows he must return to the place where it all began: to unravel a lie, to penetrate a deadly conspiracy, and to expose the one person who knew the truth--and watched a family be destroyed.« less
This was the first book by Kanon that I read. I'm on the fence about his writing style - it seemed choppy and rushed, but at the same time, it read fast and easy. I can't think of one time that I got bored and skimmed a paragraph. I was surprised at the romantic twist and glad to see it wasn't written hastily or overly lengthy. It followed the style of the novel and added to the plot/storyline rather than taking away. The twist at the end ties up the loose ends magnificently and the turn is unbelievable. You won't be disappointed if you follow this story to the end! I have to give it 5 STARS and am working on Los Alamos already!