Kerri's book pick is "Istanbul Passage" by Joseph Kanon. Like many of Kanon's other thrillers, the new book is set in the aftermath of World War II.
Kirkus Review compares it to "Casablanca" and the work of Graham Greene, while Publishers Weekly says it's "a first-rate espionage novel, filled with complexity and thrills, but its greatest success may be in this much more universal literary exploration: how an ordinary man is transformed by extraordinary circumstances."
LEARN MORE ABOUT ISTANBUL AFTER WORLD WAR II
• Istanbul, A City Of Spies In Fact And Fiction
"Headlines today in Turkey feature stories of alleged Iranian spies, gathering information about Kurdish militants who are responsible for many deaths in Turkey this summer. But these tales of deception and intrigue pale in comparison with the city's storied past as a mecca for spies. Turkey's golden age of espionage was World War II, a period that continues to serves as a muse for writers of historical thrillers." (NPR)