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The Prodigal Spy

(1998)
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Walter Kotlar is the epitome of the American dream, the son of working class immigrants who attends Yale and becomes part of the establishment, but he is caught up in the '50s fear of the 'red menace' and forced to testify before the Committee on Un-American Activities. He seems a very unlikely Communist, but before the hearing is concluded he has disappeared - defected to the East - though not before the chief witness has committed 'suicide'. 19 years later his son, Nick, receives a message that his father wants to see him in Prague. His first reaction is rejection and denial, but his memories and curiosity combined with a deep attraction for the messenger persuade him to risk the journey only a year after the Russian invasion. He discovers his father to be dying and eager to 'come home'. He learns too that the events preceding Walter's defection were not as simplistic as he'd thought, but before he can really work out what had happened his father is dead, probably murdered. Sure now that his father is more victim than villain, Nick knows he can only prove this in America, but he is stuck in a country where rules of evidence and justice are ignored and getting out is not going to be straightforward ...

Genre: Thriller

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December 1998 : USA Hardback
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December 1998 : USA Hardback
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1998 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Prodigal Spy
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ISBN: 0-7394-0187-4 / 978-0-7394-0187-3 (USA edition)
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Paperback Editions

September 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Prodigal Spy: A Novel
Author(s): Joseph Kanon
ISBN: 0-525-62159-8 / 978-0-525-62159-1 (USA edition)
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January 2015 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Prodigal Spy
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March 2006 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Prodigal Spy
Author(s): Joseph Kanon
ISBN: 0-7515-3848-5 / 978-0-7515-3848-9 (UK edition)
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February 2001 : Paperback

Title: Prodigal Spy
Author(s): Joseph Kanon
ISBN: 4444406542 / 978-4444406543
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July 2000 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Prodigal Spy
Author(s): Joseph Kanon
ISBN: 0-349-11214-2 / 978-0-349-11214-5 (UK edition)
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May 2000 : Paperback

Title: Prodigal Spy
Author(s): Joseph Kanon
ISBN: 4444404019 / 978-4444404013
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November 1999 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: The Prodigal Spy: A Novel
Author(s): Joseph Kanon
ISBN: 0-440-22534-5 / 978-0-440-22534-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Island Books
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January 1999 : USA Paperback
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Title: Cascades
Author(s): Joseph Kanon
ISBN: 0-316-84682-1 / 978-0-316-84682-0 (USA edition)
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1999 : USA Perfect Paperback
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Title: The Prodigal Spy
Author(s): Joseph Kanon
ISBN: 0-440-29568-8 / 978-0-440-29568-6 (USA edition)
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Audio Editions

March 2000 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Prodigal Spy: A Novel
Author(s): Joseph Kanon
Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio
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March 2000 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Prodigal Spy: A Novel
Author(s): Joseph Kanon
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September 1999 : USA Audio Cassette

Title: The Prodigal Spy [UNABRIDGED]
Author(s): Joseph Kanon, Michael Kramer (reader)
ISBN: 0-7366-4560-8 / 978-0-7366-4560-7 (USA edition)
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December 1998 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: Prodigal Spy
Author(s): Joseph Kanon
ISBN: 0-553-52523-9 / 978-0-553-52523-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Audio
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December 1998 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Prodigal Spy
Author(s): Joseph Kanon
ISBN: 0-553-45636-9 / 978-0-553-45636-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Audio
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1999 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Prodigal Spy
Author(s): Joseph Kanon
ISBN: 0-7366-8044-6 / 978-0-7366-8044-8 (USA edition)
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September 2015 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Prodigal Spy
Author(s): Joseph Kanon
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September 2010 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Prodigal Spy: A Novel
Author(s): Joseph Kanon
Publisher: Bantam
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