Saturday, January 21, 2012

The Expats by Chris Pavone

American Kate Moore decides to leave the CIA when her husband, Dexter, gets a job in Luxembourg. Since the birth of her two young sons, Kate has taken a safe office job rather than being out in the field. Kate, however, has kept it a secret from Dexter that she ever worked for the CIA in the first place. Dexter's choice of employment is also a bit of a mystery. He travels a lot and tells her that he's doing electronic security for a bank. However, Kate finds it suspicious that she's never met anyone who works with Dexter and that she never sees any paystubs. Kate and Dexter become friends with another expat couple from the States, Julia and Bill. Kate slowly realizes that they aren't who they say they are, either. Kate begins to delve into all three lives to try and figure out what's going on. She also wonders if someone is watching her too. The Expats is an engaging spy thriller that has broad appeal because of its female main character, setting, and a storyline that leaves politics on the sidelines, which is a plus for me. It will be published in March.

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