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The Cairo Affair

Olen Steinhauer

Minotaur Books

Sophie Kohl is living her worst nightmare. Minutes after she confesses to her husband, 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.

Omar Halawi has worked in Egyptian intelligence for years, and he knows how to play the game. Foreign agents pass him occasional information, he returns the favor, and everyone's happy. But the murder of a diplomat in Hungary has ripples all the way to Cairo, and Omar must follow the fall-out wherever it leads.

American analyst Jibril Aziz knows more about Stumbler, a covert operation rejected by the CIA, than anyone. So when it appears someone else has obtained a copy of the blueprints, Jibril alone knows the danger it represents.

As these players converge in Cairo in The Cairo Affair, Olen Steinhauer's masterful manipulations slowly unveil 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.

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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
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Praise for The Cairo Affair:

"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

"A stunning stand-alone that is as emotionally rich as it is layered with intrigue."—Booklist (starred review)

“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 New York Times

“This ambitious, complex story spans the globe. Even when the intricacies of its plot are most challenging, we are fascinated and swept forward…Olen Steinhauer’s Milo Weaver novels are must-reads for lovers of the genre.”—The Washington Post

“Stunning.”—USA Today

“Excellent.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Dazzling.”—Booklist (starred review)

“One of the best.”—Kirkus (starred review)

“Mesmerizing.”—Library Journal

Praise for The Cairo Affair:

"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

"A stunning stand-alone that is as emotionally rich as it is layered with intrigue."—Booklist (starred review)

“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 New York Times

“This ambitious, complex story spans the globe. Even when the intricacies of its plot are most challenging, we are fascinated and swept forward…Olen Steinhauer’s Milo Weaver novels are must-reads for lovers of the genre.”—The Washington Post

“Stunning.”—USA Today

“Excellent.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Dazzling.”—Booklist (starred review)

“One of the best.”—Kirkus (starred review)

“Mesmerizing.”—Library Journal

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Olen Steinhauer

  • 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.

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