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The Prodigal Spy

Joseph Kanon

What if the Communist witch-hunts of the 1950s had actually uncovered a spy? The bestselling author of Los Alamos returns with a thrilling new novel of suspense, romance, and intrigue. Washington, 1950. The trouble with history, Nick Kotlar's father tells him, is that you have to live through it before you know how it'll come out. And for Walter Kotlar, a high-level State Department official, the stakes couldn't be higher: an ambitious congressman has accused him of treason. As Nick watches helplessly, his family's privileged world is turned upside down in a frenzy of klieg lights and banging gavels. Then one snowy night the chief witness against his father plunges to her death and his father flees, leaving only an endless mystery and the stain of his defection. It would be better, Nick is told, to think of him as dead. But twenty years later Walter Kotlar is still alive, and he enlists Molly, a young journalist, to bring Nick a disturbing message. He badly wants to see his son; after two decades of silence and isolation, he is desperate to end his own Cold War. Resentful but intrigued, Nick agrees to accompany Molly to Soviet-occupied Czechoslovakia for the painful reunion. Once in Prague, Nick finds a clandestine world where nothing is what it seems--not the beautiful city, shadowy with menace; not the woman with whom he falls in love; and most of all not the man he thinks he no longer knows, yet still knows better than anyone. For Walter Kotlar has an impossible request: he wants to come home and he wants Nick to help. He also has a valuable secret about what really happened the night he walked out of Nick's life--and about the deadly conspiracy that still threatens them. The Prodigal Spy is a story of fathers and sons and the loyalties that transcend borders, and of a young man's search for the truth buried in his own past, when a national drama was made personal and history itself became a crime story. Like Los Alamos, this is at once an ingenious mystery, a love story, and a masterly recreation of an e

What if the Communist witch-hunts of the 1950s had actually uncovered a spy? The bestselling author of Los Alamos returns with a thrilling new novel of suspense, romance, and intrigue. Washington, 1950. The trouble with history, Nick Kotlar's father tells him, is that you have to live through it before you know how it'll come out. And for Walter Kotlar, a high-level State Department official, the stakes couldn't be higher: an ambitious congressman has accused him of treason. As Nick watches helplessly, his family's privileged world is turned upside down in a frenzy of klieg lights and banging gavels. Then one snowy night the chief witness against his father plunges to her death and his father flees, leaving only an endless mystery and the stain of his defection. It would be better, Nick is told, to think of him as dead. But twenty years later Walter Kotlar is still alive, and he enlists Molly, a young journalist, to bring Nick a disturbing message. He badly wants to see his son; after two decades of silence and isolation, he is desperate to end his own Cold War. Resentful but intrigued, Nick agrees to accompany Molly to Soviet-occupied Czechoslovakia for the painful reunion. Once in Prague, Nick finds a clandestine world where nothing is what it seems--not the beautiful city, shadowy with menace; not the woman with whom he falls in love; and most of all not the man he thinks he no longer knows, yet still knows better than anyone. For Walter Kotlar has an impossible request: he wants to come home and he wants Nick to help. He also has a valuable secret about what really happened the night he walked out of Nick's life--and about the deadly conspiracy that still threatens them. The Prodigal Spy is a story of fathers and sons and the loyalties that transcend borders, and of a young man's search for the truth buried in his own past, when a national drama was made personal and history itself became a crime story. Like Los Alamos, this is at once an ingenious mystery, a love story, and a masterly recreation of an e
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What if the Communist witch-hunts of the 1950s had actually uncovered a spy? The bestselling author of Los Alamos returns with a thrilling new novel of suspense, romance, and intrigue. Washington, 1950. The trouble with history, Nick Kotlar's father tells him, is that you have to live through it before you know how it'll come out. And for Walter Kotlar, a high-level State Department official, the stakes couldn't be higher: an ambitious congressman has accused him of treason. As Nick watches helplessly, his family's privileged world is turned upside down in a frenzy of klieg lights and banging gavels. Then one snowy night the chief witness against his father plunges to her death and his father flees, leaving only an endless mystery and the stain of his defection. It would be better, Nick is told, to think of him as dead. But twenty years later Walter Kotlar is still alive, and he enlists Molly, a young journalist, to bring Nick a disturbing message. He badly wants to see his son; after two decades of silence and isolation, he is desperate to end his own Cold War. Resentful but intrigued, Nick agrees to accompany Molly to Soviet-occupied Czechoslovakia for the painful reunion. Once in Prague, Nick finds a clandestine world where nothing is what it seems--not the beautiful city, shadowy with menace; not the woman with whom he falls in love; and most of all not the man he thinks he no longer knows, yet still knows better than anyone. For Walter Kotlar has an impossible request: he wants to come home and he wants Nick to help. He also has a valuable secret about what really happened the night he walked out of Nick's life--and about the deadly conspiracy that still threatens them. The Prodigal Spy is a story of fathers and sons and the loyalties that transcend borders, and of a young man's search for the truth buried in his own past, when a national drama was made personal and history itself became a crime story. Like Los Alamos, this is at once an ingenious mystery, a love story, and a masterly recreation of an e

Language:

English

Narrators:

Boyd Gaines

Length:

5h 19m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

04:32


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

04:57


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:29


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:44


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:44


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:14


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:05


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:28


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:36


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:00


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:44


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:36


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:40


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

03:47


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:26


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:58


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:41


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:44


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:01


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:06


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:52


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:20


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:01


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:11


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:13


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:42


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:32


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:41


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:25


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

04:59


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:48


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:30


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:00


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:33


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:02


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:42


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:38


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:15


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:34


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:00


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:48


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:52


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

02:45


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:03


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:16


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:46


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

04:58


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

05:30


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

05:27


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

04:58


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

04:52


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:50


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:34


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:05


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

06:01


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:26


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:45


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

04:35


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

05:08


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

04:26


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

05:44