Format: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 448 pages, 8.2 × 5.47 × 0.84 in
Published: January 27, 2015
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1250036151
ISBN - 13: 9781250036155
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1 Twenty years ago, before their trips became political, Sophie and Emmett honeymooned in Eastern Europe. Their parents questioned this choice, but Harvard had taught them to care about what happened on the other side of the planet, and from the TV rooms in their dorms they’d watched the crumbling of the USSR with the kind of excitement that hadn’t really been their due. They had watched with the erroneous feeling that they, along with Ronald Reagan, had chipped away at the foundations of the corrupt Soviet monolith. By the time they married in 1991, both only twenty-two, it felt like time for a victory lap. Unlike Emmett, Sophie had never been to Europe, and she’d longed to see those Left Bank Paris cafés she’d read so much about. “But this is where history’s happening,” Emmett told her. “It’s the less traveled road.” From early on in their relationship, Sophie had learned that life was more interesting when she took on Emmett’s enthusiasms, so she didn’t bother resisting. They waited until September to avoid the August tourist crush, gingerly beginning their trip with four days in Vienna, that arid city of wedding-cake buildings and museums. Cool but polite Austrians filled the streets, heading down broad avenues and cobblestone walkways, all preoccupied by things more important than gawking American tourists. Dutifully, Sophie lugged her Lonely Planet as they visited the Stephansdom
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Sophie Kohl is living a nightmare. Minutes after she confesses to her husband, a mid-level American diplomat in Hungary, that she had an affair while they were in Cairo, he is shot and killed.
Stan Bertolli, a Cairo-based CIA agent, has fielded his share of midnight calls. But his heart skips a beat when, this time, he hears the voice of the only woman he ever truly loved ask why her husband has been assassinated.
Omar Halawi has worked in Egyptian intelligence for years, and he knows how to play the game. But the murder of a diplomat in Hungary has ripples all the way to Cairo, and Omar must follow the fallout wherever it leads.
As these players converge on Cairo, Olen Steinhauer masterfully unveils a portrait of a marriage, a jigsaw puzzle of loyalty and betrayal, against a dangerous world of political games where allegiances are never clear and outcomes are never guaranteed.
About the Author
OLEN STEINHAUER, the New York Times
bestselling author of eight previous novels, is a Dashiell Hammett Award winner, a two-time Edgar award finalist, and has also been shortlisted for the Anthony, the Macavity, the Ellis Peters Historical Dagger, the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger, and the Barry awards. His books include The Tourist
, The Nearest Exit
, and An American Spy
. Raised in Virginia, he lives in New York and Budapest, Hungary.
"One of the hottest names in spy fiction today . . . Entertaining."— USA Today "Elaborate, sophisticated . . . A long, twisty road full of cleverly placed potholes and unexpected turns . . . Mr. Steinhauer draws his spies as flesh-and-blood characters in whom his readers invest both attention and emotion."— Janet Maslin, The New York Times "Perfect."— The Saturday Evening Post "A stunning stand-alone that is as emotionally rich as it is layered with intrigue . . . It has become de rigeur to compare Steinhauer to le Carre, but it''s nearly time to pass the torch: for the next generation, it''s Steinhauer who will become the standard by which others are measured."— Booklist (starred review, Best Books) “A genuine page turner—cleverly conceived and intricately plotted. Steinhauer juggles political and personal loyalties with a master storyteller''s sleight of hand.”— Joseph Kanon “ The Cairo Affair is the espionage novel at its best, packed with betrayals, double-crosses, hidden agendas, moral conflicts, international relations, and even a delectable double-entendre of a title.”— Chris Pavone More Praise for Olen Steinhauer: “Not since le Carré has a writer so vividly evoked the multilayered, multifaceted, deeply paranoid world of espionage, in which identities and allegiances are malleable and ever shifting, the mirrors of loyalty and betrayal reflecting one another to infinity.”— The