Leaving Berlin by Joseph Kanon
Berlin, 1949.: a city still in ruins almost four years after the war, caught between political idealism and the harsh realities of Soviet occupation. Espionage, like the black market, is still a way of life.
Alex Meier is a young Jewish writer who fled the Nazis for America before the war.Now, the politics of his youth have put him into the McCarthy witch-hunts. Faced with deportation and the loss of his family, Alex makes a desperate bargain with the fledgling CIA : he will earn his way back to America by acting as their agent in his native Berlin.. But almost from the start things go fatally wrong.