About The Expats
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Broadway (January 22, 2013)
At first glance, Kate Moore is an ordinary American expat mom whose days are filled with coffee mornings and the mundane demands of childcare. But Kate is also guarding a secret: until recently she’d been leading a double life as a CIA agent, traveling the globe on increasingly dangerous covert missions. After her job drives her to commit an unforgivable act, Kate is ready for a less eventful life, and her husband Dexter’s new job as a financial systems security consultant in Luxembourg provides the perfect exit strategy. But still she remains unable to bring herself to reveal her secret to him.
As Kate struggles to adapt to her new expat existence, always wondering when her past will catch up with her, her spook instincts take over and she grows suspicious of those around her. There’s an overly friendly American couple, Bill and Julia, who clearly are not who they say they are, and who Kate suspects may be assassins; and Dexter has become withdrawn, evasive, and unhealthily absorbed in his work, which mysteriously leads him to come home with mud-stained shoes. When Kate breaks her vow to never investigate her own husband and begins to dig for the truth, her world quickly unravels as she discovers that Dexter has been harboring an explosive secret of his own—and that he may be involved in a dangerous scheme involving shell corporations, unforgiven war crimes, and the brazen theft of 50 million euros.
Transporting readers from the cobblestoned streets of Luxembourg to the snow-capped peaks of the Alps to an unforgettably climactic scene in Paris, THE EXPATS is an international thriller in the tradition of established masters such as John Le Carré, Ken Follett, and Frederick Forsyth. At the same time, it is a skillfully drawn, character-driven exploration of marital deception that breaks the bounds of the espionage genre and will appeal broadly to fans of psychological suspense.
“Sly…Pavone strengthens this book with a string of head-spinning revelations in its last pages…The tireless scheming of all four principals truly exceeds all sane expectations.” —New York Times
“Smartly executed…Pavone is full of sharp insights into the parallels between political espionage and marital duplicity…Thoroughly captivating.” —New York Times Book Review
“Bombshell-a-minute…Pavone creates a fascinating, complicated hero.” —Entertainment Weekly
“Amazing…Impossible to put down…Pavone invokes memories of the great writers of spy fiction of the past, and he has the chops to be mentioned with the best of them.” —Associated Press
“I often thought I was again reading the early works of Ken Follett, Frederick Forsyth, and Robert Ludlum. Smart, clever suspense, skillfully plotted.” —John Grisham
“Bristling with suspense and elegantly crafted, The Expats introduces a compelling and powerful female protagonist you won’t soon forget. Well done!” —Patricia Cornwell
Chris Pavone, a book editor for nearly two decades, recently returned to New York City after a sojourn to Luxembourg. The Expats is his first novel.
Visit the author’s website at www.chrispavone.com.
Chris Pavone’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:
Tuesday, January 22nd: Unabridged Chick
Wednesday, January 23rd: No More Grumpy Bookseller
Thursday, January 24th: My Bookshelf
Friday, January 25th: The Blog of Litwits
Monday, January 28th: Mockingbird Hill Cottage
Tuesday, January 29th: Literally Jen
Wednesday, January 30th: Peppermint Ph.D.
Thursday, January 31st: BookChickDi
Friday, February 1st: Book Club Classics!
Monday, February 4th: She Treads Softly
Wednesday, February 6th: Chaotic Compendiums
Thursday, February 7th: A Bookworm’s World
Friday, February 8th: Musings of a Bookish Kitty
Tuesday, February 12th: Jenny Loves to Read
Wednesday, February 13th: Crime Fiction Lover
Friday, February 15th: Dolce Bellezza
Monday, February 18th: Reviews by Elizabeth A. White
Tuesday, April 2nd: Book Addict Katie