A story of fathers and sons and the loyalties that transcend borders
It is 1950 and communists are being hunted across America. When Walter Kotlar is accused of being a spy by the House Un-American Activities Committee, his young son Nick destroys a piece of evidence only he knows about. But before the hearing can conclude, Walter flees the country, leaving behind his family... and a key witness lying dead, apparently having committed suicide.
Nineteen years later, Nick gets a second chance to discover the truth when a beautiful journalist brings a message from his long-lost father, and Nick follows her into Soviet-occupied Prague for a painful reunion and the discovery of a secret that changes everything. To unravel the lies Nick must return to where it all began and expose the one person who knew the truth - and who watched his family's destruction.
Trust no one in this compelling, surprising thriller from the author of Leaving Berlin and The Good German.
The Prodigal Spy is a mystery and a novel of ideas - Allan Massie
It is Kanon's political maturity and understanding that make this novel something quite unusual - Scotsman
A wonderfully fluent writer with a gift for honed dialogue - Observer
That rare thing - a thriller to stimulate heart and mind - Daily Mail on The Good German