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From the author of New York Times bestseller The Tourist...

Sophie Kohl is living her worst nightmare. Minutes after she confesses to her husband, a mid-level diplomat at the American embassy in Hungary, that she had an affair while they were in Cairo, he is shot in the head and killed.

Stan Bertolli, a Cairo-based CIA agent, has fielded his share of midnight calls. But his heart skips a beat when he hears the voice of the only woman he ever truly loved, calling to ask why her husband has been assassinated.

Omar Halawi has worked in Egyptian intelligence for years, and he knows how to play the game. Foreign agents pass him occasional information, he returns the favor, and everyone's happy. But the murder of a diplomat in Hungary has ripples all the way to Cairo, and Omar must follow the fall-out wherever it leads.

American analyst Jibril Aziz knows more about Stumbler, a covert operation rejected by the CIA, than anyone. So when it appears someone else has obtained a copy of the blueprints, Jibril alone knows the danger it represents.

As these players converge in Cairo in the New York Times bestseller, The Cairo Affair, Olen Steinhauer's masterful manipulations slowly unveil a portrait of a marriage, a jigsaw puzzle of loyalty and betrayal, against a dangerous world of political games where allegiances are never clear and outcomes are never guaranteed.

Mysteries & Thrillers
March 18
St. Martin's Publishing Group

Customer Reviews

Dog Pilot ,

Even better than Le Carre

As a long time fan of John Le Carre, I truly enjoy this genre. After reading several of Steinhauer’s novels, I think that he may be even better than Le Carre. The Cairo Affair is a great read - although it certainly is confusing at times (intentionally) and I doubt that too many readers will unravel the mysteries much before the conclusion. Set in current times in Egypt flashbacks take us back to Yugoslavia in the erly 90s. Wonderfully complex characters!

MackWest ,

Intricate & Good

Smart and intricate, a pleasure to watch unfold.

Carmen Cardenas ,


I read this book and I wished I could've read it on my trip to Egypt, the facts the places and the events that take places make you don't want to stop reading!
The book was mind blowing!

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