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September 2016 Book of the Month.

When a spoiled travel journalist succumbs to sexual temptation on an assignment on a trip to Argentina, his whole world is about to be pulled apart and not just his shaky marriage. A dazzling conspiracy thriller that spans the globe and introduces a female foe of wonderful seduction and cruelty, this fast-paced read is, like Pavone's two earlier internationally-set thrillers, 'The Expats' and 'The Accident', a complex hall of mirrors wrapping plots within plots, and featuring a surfeit of characters who are not what they seem alongside his signature, hapless male protagonist at its centre. Pavone excels at putting strong women characters at the heart of his plots while never neglecting the action, exotic but realistic travel, deceitful wiles and violence which one would never initially associate with them. Highly satisfying thrills with an innovative background of magazine publishing as a cover for spying and murder. ~ Maxim Jakubowski

A 'Piece of Passion' from the publisher...

"Chris Pavone is one of those writers it's very easy to fall for. When I first read the ms of his debut The Expats, on submission, it didn't take very long at all to know I needed to publish this guy. He writes smart, serious, international thrillers, that have scope and ambition and also manage to be witty and likeable. Over his three books so far, each a standalone, he's artfully maintained this tricky tonal balance. To add to the mix, he always writes great female characters (not something that's true of every male thriller writer!), brilliantly about the internal power struggles of marriage and the work place and, somehow, how these things all relate to the big issues in the world today. As Lee Child has said, 'it's hard to believe he's only on his third novel, he's already an automatic must-read for me’." ~ Angus Cargill, Editorial Director at Faber

Maxim Jakubowski


Will Rhodes is an award-winning correspondent for The Travelers, on assignment at a luxury Argentinian resort - fine wines and gourmet food, polo fields and the looming Andes. But Will's life is about to be turned upside down when a new flirtation turns into something far more dangerous, and he only realizes too late. Turns out he's been targeted, he just doesn't know why. He doesn't know what these people truly want and how far into his life they will reach, to his friends and his colleagues, to his boss and his wife. He doesn't know that they will stop at nothing in their pursuit, and he doesn't know about the secrets he has already been keeping...

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Publication date: 1st January 1970
Author: Chris Pavone
Primary Genre Thriller and Suspense
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Chris Pavone Press Reviews

'I love his writing, it's smart and elegant and brilliantly intertwines intrigue with menace.' Peter James

'He's already an automatic must-read for me.' Lee Child

'[One] of the most intelligent thrillers of the year.' Booklist, starred review

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ISBN: 9780571298914
Publication date: 01/09/2016
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780571298877
Publication date: 10/03/2016
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About Chris Pavone

Chris Pavone grew up in Brooklyn, graduated from Cornell, and was an editor at book-publishing houses in New York for fifteen years. His 2012 debut, The Expats, described by the Sunday Times as 'a captivating, sophisticated thriller' was an international best seller and won the Edgar Award for best first novel. Author photo credit © Nuna Subin   Click here to read a Q&A with this author.

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