The Prodigal Spy

  • by Joseph Kanon
  • Narrated by Boyd Gaines
  • 6 hrs and 15 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


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very Bourne Identity ish

the plot is complex and historically interesting. there are a lot of components and hidden agendas making this listen absolutley intriguing. this is the only book I have read by him, but it was a terrific "listen" and the reader does a good job. Definitely an old school style novel that is a pleasant change from some of the more recent "trying too hard" novels.
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- Julia Aryeh

Great story: get rid of the music intros and segue

What made the experience of listening to The Prodigal Spy the most enjoyable?

Enjoyed the story very much, I'm downloading another title by this author as I write this. Music is poorly reproduced and interferes with narration.

What other book might you compare The Prodigal Spy to and why?

Tinker, tailor ...

What three words best describe Boyd Gaines’s performance?


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- June

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-21-2000
  • Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio