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Defectors

Defectors - Joseph Kanon A Spy Novel set in Russia during the Cold War times interesting but not hugely engaging for me

In 1949, Frank Weeks, agent of the newly formed CIA, was exposed as a Communist spy and fled the country to vanish behind the Iron Curtain. Now, twelve years later, he has written his memoirs, a KGB- approved project almost certain to be an international bestseller, and has asked his brother Simon, a publisher, to come to Moscow to edit the manuscript. It’s a reunion Simon both dreads and Frank both dread and long for.

Firstly the book has a terrific sense of time and place and you feel and see Moscow in the 60s. I really enjoyed the journey for the scenery but somehow the story and the characters lacked any real punch for me. While it was a short book it dragged in places and while the last third picked up pace it just seemed a little late for me.

An ok read but not one for my favourites list.