All the Old Knives by Olen Steinhauer (2015, Minotaur Books; 303 pages)
This is a fantastic spy novel, a complex story of betrayal that portrays the paranoia weaved in the world of espionage. It is somehow a classic spy novel which has not been written by John Le Carré! The author, Olen Steinhauer is a New York Times bestselling author of nine previous novels. He lives both in New York and Budapest, Hungary.
The plot goes like this: Six years ago in Vienna, terrorists took more than a hundred hostages, and the rescue attempt went terribly wrong. The CIA's Vienna station was witness to this tragedy, with agents assimilating facts from the ground and also from an agent on the inside. So when it all went wrong, the question had to be asked: Had their agent been compromised, and how?
This is also a story about love and passion between CIA case officers, and of course, about betrayal. The novel is intimate, cerebral and shocking. It is a great summer read.
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