Read Defectors Online Free - From the bestselling author of Leaving Berlin and The Good German comes a thrilling and richly imagined novel focused on three weeks in the lives of a select group of defected American spies in Moscow during the height of the Cold War.
Moscow, 1961. Stalin has been dead for eight years. With the launch of Sputnik, the Soviet Union’s international prestige is at an all-time high. Former CIA agent Frank Weeks, the most notorious of the defectors to the Soviet Union, is about to publish his memoirs, and what he reveals will send shockwaves through the West.
Weeks’s defection in the early 50s shook Washington to its core—he had been a beloved member of the OSS and then the CIA, one of the bright young men who’d come out of the war ready to take an early lead in the new American century. His betrayal rippled throughout the State Department, prompting frantic searches for moles and forcing the resignation of Simon, Frank’s former college roommate and best friend.
Now, a Soviet agency approaches Simon, a publisher in New York City, with a controversial proposition to publish the memoirs of his old friend, Frank Weeks. Simon knows that there’s no way the US government will approve the publication of a book clearly intended as propaganda for the KGB…yet he finds the offer irresistible.
Set against the paranoiac atmosphere of the Cold War, The Defectors is a smart and authentic exploration of espionage and betrayal, perfect for fans of John le Carre, Alan Furst, Philip Kerr, and other masters of wartime and postwar espionage fiction (Library Journal, starred review).
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August 13, 2017
”Frank lit a cigarette, taking a minute. ‘It’s a funny word, defector. Latin, defectus. To desert. Lack something. Makes it sound as if we had to leave something behind. To change sides. But we were already on this side. We didn’t leave anything.’
‘Countries don’t matter. In a way,...
June 27, 2017
A master of the technical spy thriller!
It is usually a difficult task to find a well written spy thriller these days - don't get me wrong, there's a plethora of great mystery/thriller writers around creating masterpieces every which way you turn but a mystery/thriller with a large aspect of the p...
June 08, 2017
This was a spy/thriller/espionage novel set in Russia. This was pretty much 2 stars for me, but I think somehow, I've talked myself into 3. I wasn't pulled into this one. It was very singular in focus as far as the plot goes. Simon felt like a pawn, never acting, never making decisions. He was ju...
June 05, 2017
Defectors is a fascinating glimpse behind the Iron Curtain, specifically the Soviet Union, in the 1960’s. Simon Weeks is making an unprecedented visit to the U.S.S.R. to visit his brother Frank, an individual who defected from the U.S. to the Soviet Union in the early 1950’s. Frank has been given...
June 22, 2017
The disappearance of British diplomats Donald MacLean and Guy Burgess in 1951 and the subsequent revelation in 1956 of them as defectors to the Soviet Union shocked the world and has subsequently provided fodder for a virtual cottage industry of spy novels. Only much later did it come to light th...
May 19, 2017
I don't mind a good spy story every now and then, but I found The Defectors by Joseph Kanon to be only adequate. I found myself skimming parts that didn't hold my interest. An'okay 'read at best.
Thank you to Simon and Schuster Australia via Netgalley for providing me with a digital copy of The D...
June 14, 2017
All of Joseph Kanon's books are intelligent literary thrillers/historical fiction, and every one is great. But his latest book, DEFECTORS, is outstanding.
In 1961 a publisher, Simon, travels to the Soviet Union to edit the "memoir" of a former US citizen who defected to Russia in 1949--his brother...
June 01, 2017
Love for your country vs Love for your family.
In Defectors, loyalty to ‘the cause’ is stronger than the loyalty between brothers. After Frank Weeks defected, he’s now about to publish his memoir and that sees him reunited with his brother, Simon. The relationship between the two brothers is rocky...
July 27, 2017
'Defectors', Joseph Kanon's latest, continues his long winning streak of intelligent, atmospheric thrillers. I don't think there's another writer better than Kanon in evoking time and place through writing technique (although Alan Furst is no slouch in that regard...), and when you combine great...
August 14, 2017
I enjoy a good thriller once in a while. But the qualifier matters. Cardboard characters, contrived suspense, and Hollywood cliff-hangers won't cut it. But an espionage novel that hinges on character rather than non-stop action and that provides glimpses of an unfamiliar or exotic world is a grea...