American diplomat Emmett Kohl is murdered while dining with his wife, Sophie, in a Belgrade café. Is the murder tied to an affair Sophie had in Cairo? Did it happen because of a planned CIA operation? Sophie, the CIA, and Egyptian intelligence search for the truth but their secrets could make finding it impossible. Steinhauer provides a vivid portrayal of espionage. Surface motivations mask the truth, business overrides the personal, and conclusive proof is elusive. Cairo, the main location, has dashes of the ancient and transition after a revolution. The reason for the murder twists around until the unexpected, but plausible, truth is revealed. The characters have flaws which power their secrets and tie them to espionage world. The Cairo Affair offers a thriller filled with twists and uncertainty about who can be trusted. Want more books like The Cairo Affair?
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