From a former Israeli spy, comes the most realistic and authentic thriller of the year.
The Times Number One Bestseller
Winner of the CWA International Dagger.
A Times, Telegraph and FT pick for Summer Reads 2019
"The year's best espionage thriller" Daily Telegraph Best Books of 2019
"Breathlessly exciting" Marcel Berlins, The Times.
"Races along with pace and verve" Adam LeBor, Financial Times
"A genuinely thrilling espionage novel" John Williams, Mail on Sunday
"A deeply enjoyable espionage thriller" Jake Kerridge, Daily Telegraph.
When an Israeli tech exec disappears from Charles de Gaulle airport with a woman in red, logic dictates youthful indiscretion. But Israel is on a state of high alert nonetheless. Colonel Zeev Abadi, the new head of Unit 8200's Special Section, just happens to have arrived on the same flight.
For Commissaire Léger of the Paris Police, all coincidences are suspect. When a second young Israeli from the flight is kidnapped, this time at gunpoint from his hotel room, his suspicions are confirmed - and a diplomatic crisis looms. As the race to identify the victims and the reasons behind their abductions intensifies, a covert Chinese commando team watches from the rooftops, while hour by hour the morgue receives fresh bodies from around Paris.
This could be one long night in the City of Lights.
Translated from the Hebrew by Daniela Zamir
Taking place over a frantic 28-hour period, Israeli author Alfon's stellar debut opens with the kidnapping of an Israeli tech entrepreneur at Paris's Charles de Gaulle Airport by a mysterious lady in red. Two operatives for Israel's supersecret Unit 8200, Col. Zeev Abad and his deputy, Lt. Oriana Talmor, quickly determine that Chinese agents kidnapped the wrong person. Their real target, a corrupt member of Unit 8200 who was attempting to sell state secrets, slipped through the airport into the night. Alfon, himself a former member of the real Unit 8200, skillfully unfolds an authentic game of chase and capture, depicting a variety of eye-opening, 21st-century spycraft techniques. Each chapter 121 in all is a short burst of action, description, or characterization, and though the plot does sag in the middle, weighed down by an excessive cast and subplot overload, Alfon has created a mesmerizingly real world. Fans of espionage thrillers will hope to see a lot more from this talented author.