Joseph Kanon


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From internationally bestselling author Joseph Kanon, hailed by the Sunday Times as ‘the most accomplished spy novelist working today’, comes a thriller set in WW2 Shanghai, a seductive and corrupt setting defined by wealth, crime and a dazzling nightlife.

Published on 23rd May 2024. Pre-order your copy.

ISBN: 9781398519770 Category:


‘Heart-poundingly suspenseful’ WASHINGTON POST

‘Joseph Kanon owns this corner of the literary landscape’ LEE CHILD

Daniel Lohr, sensing that the Nazis are closing in on the Jews, leaves his dying father in Berlin and boards a ship to Shanghai. His passage is dependent upon him delivering a package to his shady uncle, his father’s brother, upon arrival. Daniel has no idea what the package contains. On board is Leah, also fleeing the Nazis. She and Daniel conduct a passionate but brief shipboard affair, but are separated as soon as the ship docks in Shanghai. Will he ever see her again?

Daniel is immediately plunged into his uncle’s seductive and corrupt world, and becomes involved in the launch of a new nightclub, the biggest, best and most glitzy in town. When violence breaks out and lives are at risk, he finds himself drawn irrevocably into the terrifying underworld that is wartime Shanghai.

Beautifully atmospheric and intricately plotted, this masterful thriller marks exciting new ground for an author hailed by the Sunday Times as ‘the most accomplished spy novelist working today’.


‘Kanon is fast approaching the complexity and relevance not just of le Carre and Greene but even of Orwell’ New York Times

‘Joseph Kanon continues to demonstrate that he is up there with the very best . . . he is the master of the shadows of the era’ The Times

‘Sensational! No one writes period fiction with the same style and suspense – not to mention substance – as Joseph Kanon’ Scott Turow

‘Thoroughly absorbing, a thoughtful and subtle evocation of a place and era’ Sunday Telegraph

‘The perfect combination of intrigue and accurate history brought to life’ Alan Furst

Additional information

Dimensions 23.4 × 15.3 × 2.3 cm










Hardback original


813.6 (edition:23)


General – Trade / Code: K

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