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The Cairo Affair
The Cairo Affair: A Novel | Olen Steinhauer
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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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Skeebies05
The Cairo Affair: A Novel | Olen Steinhauer
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Another friday night doing laundry. ( I had to wear a dress today bc I had no clean pants 😳)My new read. I love a good spy novel. And I just discovered this drink this morning and I‘ve been missing out.

Christine Is this a cold foam cappuccino or cold brew? I love those! 12mo
Skeebies05 Cold foam cold brew! The salted one. Its so delicious! 12mo
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Dogearedcopy
The Cairo Affair: A Novel | Olen Steinhauer
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I finished the book & gave it a "So-So" rating; but there were a couple of things niggling in the back of my mind; and while I was driving home today realized that one of the things was this. It's a huge continuity error (Sophie is the one who fired the two shots!) Between this and a factual error (A FBI badge is *never* surrendered, even for a second into someone else's possession,) I'm downgrading the rating for poor editing & not fact checking.

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Dogearedcopy
The Cairo Affair: A Novel | Olen Steinhauer
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Mehso-so

The plot was solidly constructed; but in terms of suspense, readers of Scott Turow ('Presumed Innocent') and Scott Smith ('A Simple Plan') will catch on very quickly as to "what's what." Despite the Booklist quote (above), LeCarre is still the master.

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Dogearedcopy
The Cairo Affair: A Novel | Olen Steinhauer
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Half-Way Status Update: Solid writing, even if the plot is a bit slow to gel. A junior diplomat is assassinated in Hungary, but all trails are leading back to Cairo... The story is set against the backdrop of the Arab Spring and the scuttling of spies through the streets and desert...

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The Cairo Affair: A Novel | Olen Steinhauer
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Though this had been on my radar, it wasn't until I saw @HardcoverHearts blurb review it here on @Litsy that I pulled it onto my nightstand! A modern day spy thriller involving adultery and assassination...

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HardcoverHearts
Cairo Affair | Olen Steinhauer
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I listened to the audiobook of this and I almost put it down over revulsion with the female character. I'm glad I didn't because there are a lot of good layers to this thriller. I found it twisting and turning in all the right ways with all sorts of unreliable narrators. Recommended.

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