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The Cairo Affair by Olen Steinhauer
  

The Cairo Affair

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Steinhauer is, in my opinion, one of the unsung masters of the murky Mittel-Europa spy thriller but his new book abandons the penumbra of Furst and le Carre territory and the Cold War and jumps with a vengeance into the even muddier waters of the contemporary Middle East landscape in a tale of torn loyalties and multi-layered betrayals. With vulnerable characters of touching flesh and blood and unpredictable feelings, his multi-layered clockwork plot takes us on a fraught journey from Budapest to Cairo, the past of war torn fratricidal Yugoslavia and the perils of the Arabian desert. The compelling jigsaw that emerges intrigues, shocks and dazzles, proving a testament to Steinhauer’s mastery of affairs of the art and state and their frailties and the dangerous world of political games we live in, in which sadly no characters emerge unharmed. A sobering dose of reality but a great read.

If you like Olen Steinhauer you might also like to read books by John Le Carre, Gerald Seymour and Robert Ludlum.

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The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. Sophie Kohl is under considerable strain. Shortly after confessing to her husband (who is a diplomat at the American Em-bassy in Hungary) that she has been having an affair while the couple were in Cairo, a man is shot in the head and killed. At the same time, Stan Bertolli, a Cairo-based CIA agent, is caught up in a personal and professional crisis. Olen Steinhauer has proved to be a master of the espionage fiction genre, echoing the great achievements in the field (from Eric Ambler to John le Carré), along with the very distinct flavour added by the best American writers (such as Alan Furst and Robert Littel). What makes this one work so well is the vividly realised sense of locale.
~ Barry Forshaw

Synopsis

The Cairo Affair by Olen Steinhauer

Sophie Kohl is living her worst nightmare. Minutes after she confesses to her husband Emmett, a mid-level diplomat at the American embassy in Hungary, that she had an affair while they were in Cairo, he is shot in the head and killed. Stan Bertolli, a Cairo-based CIA agent, has fielded his share of midnight calls. But his heart skips a beat when he hears the voice of the only woman he ever truly loved, calling to ask why her husband has been assassinated. Jibril Aziz, an American analyst, knows more about Stumbler, a covert operation rejected by the CIA years ago, than anyone. So when it appears someone else has obtained a copy of the blueprints, Jibril knows the danger it represents...As these players converge on the city of Cairo, Olen Steinhauer's masterful manipulations slowly craft 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.

Reviews

The kind of thing le Carre might have written if he knew then what we know now - Lee Child on THE TOURIST

The best spy novel I've read that wasn't written by John le Carre - Stephen King on AN AMERICAN SPY

Steinhauer does for Chino-American espionage exactly what John le Carre did for the Cold War, which gives his thriller a unique insight into this treacherous half-lit world in the 21st century - Daily Mail on AN AMERICAN SPY

About the Author

Olen Steinhauer

Olen Steinhauer was born in Virginia and grew up in Texas where he attended the state University in Austin.

He was inspired to write his Eastern European series while on a Fullbright Fellowship in Romania to write about the 1989 revolution.

He moved to New York to sell his book and began the second while in Florence. It was in Budapest, Hungary, that he finished it and still resides.

His first two novels, 'The Bridge of Sighs' and 'The Confession', have garnered thus far an Edgar nomination, an Anthony nomination, a Macavity nomination, a Historical Dagger nomination and rave reviews.

'The Vienna Assignment' was his first novel published with HarperCollins and received excellent hardback reviews in the Guardian and Daily Telegraph.

Author photo © Nancy Crampton

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Publication date

1st May 2014

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Olen Steinhauer

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Corvus an imprint of Atlantic Books

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Paperback

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9781782392682

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