By Olen Steinhauer

Three gamers. One urban. an entire global of political video games within which allegiances are by no means transparent, and results are by no means guaranteed...

Sophie Kohl confesses to her husband, a mid-level American diplomat in Hungary, that she had an affair whereas they have been in Cairo. mins later, he's shot and killed.

Stan Bertolli, a Cairo-based CIA agent, has fielded his percentage of dead night calls. yet his middle skips a beat whilst, this time, he hears the voice of the single girl he ever actually enjoyed ask why her husband has been assassinated.

Omar Halawi has labored in Egyptian intelligence for years, and he is familiar with the way to play the sport. however the homicide of a diplomat in Hungary has ripples the entire solution to Cairo, and Omar needs to keep on with the fallout anywhere it leads...



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You recognize that. ” “Just inform me why you informed him. Now, of all instances. ” He paused back. “Told him what? ” He was once being coy, she suggestion. Diplomatic. yet he used to be a spook, no longer a diplomat, so probably it was once larger to name it mendacity. “About us. You informed him approximately us, and also you stated you have been in love. ” His silence this time used to be longer, and it used to be a silence she well-known. The gears have been relocating in his head. He acknowledged, “Sophie, I didn’t inform him something approximately us. you recognize I wouldn’t do this. ” “Then why did he inform me another way? ” “I don’t comprehend. might be … I don’t understand. He informed you that I instructed him? ” “One of the final issues he stated. ” An consumption of breath. “Maybe he used to be simply fishing. might be he heard it in other places. He definitely didn’t pay attention it from me. ” She wasn’t definite she believed him, then she wasn’t yes she desired to think him. If Emmett had heard this from another individual, it's going to were an easy factor for her to disclaim it into the floor. Emmett may were relieved, and he or she may were freed from not less than a few of this crushing guilt. She stated, “He sounded convincing. ” “I don’t understand what to inform you, Sophie. I haven’t talked to him considering that your going-away get together. ” She digested this slowly, eventually asserting, “Okay. i think you. ” “I desire so. Now, do you need me to come back? It’s no challenge in any respect. ” “No, Stan. quite. thank you, notwithstanding. I simply have to sleep. ” “Can I name you day after today? ” “Sure. ” She hung up and, after contemplating it a second, dialed the opposite quantity, the only she nonetheless knew through center, although her center used to be in her throat whilst she pressed the buttons. A unmarried ring, then a recorded voice informed her anything in Arabic. Sophie didn’t understand the language yet she knew the tone—the quantity have been disconnected. in fact. She hung up and became off the telephone back. but regardless of that performed, she nonetheless couldn’t sleep. four 1991 After Prague they moved directly to Budapest and the drearily aristocratic Gellért resort. With the reminiscence of that Czech boy and her stolen Lenin nonetheless clean, Sophie shied clear of vacationer spots, who prefer to sit down with Emmett in dusty Hungarian cafés on streets referred to as Vaci and Andrassy, interpreting the bring in Tribune and pretending to be locals. It didn’t paintings, for his or her outfits gave them away, and once they opened their mouths they obtained surprised stares, however it did supply them time to learn and find out about the battle effervescent simply to the south, in Yugoslavia. In past due June, Croatia and Slovenia had declared their independence from the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, and after a quick ten-day conflict Slovenia had turn into sovereign. by means of September, as they huddled over their newspapers, the younger Croatian republic have been combating for its life for 2 months. “It’s the largest information because the Berlin Wall,” Emmett informed her of their inn room as they watched grainy tv photos of bombs and conversing heads. “And we’re here, one state away. ” She may possibly believe his pleasure. in the course of breakfast, their waitress informed them in spotty English that Budapest used to be swelling from an inflow of Yugoslavs—mostly Serbs—fleeing army conscription, smuggling items around the free borders, and escaping the chance of an unknown destiny.

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