|Pages/Publication Date:||336 / 2015|
Six years ago in Vienna, terrorists took over a hundred hostages, and the rescue attempt went terribly wrong, leaving the CIA to wonder if its agent had been compromised. Two of the CIA's case officers, Henry Pelham and Celia Harrison, were lovers at the time, and on that night Celia decided she'd had enough; leaving the agency, she married and had children, and now lives in idyllic Carmel-by-the-Sea. In this "splendid tour de force" (Washington Post), Henry travels to California to see Celia one more time, but each is tormented by doubt, wondering if one of them is the cause of that tragedy from long ago.
"[A] sneaky little gem.... [This novel] sustains the difficult balancing act of melding a heart-racing espionage plot with credible dinner table conversation.... Steinhauer specializes in tough showdowns. And the more innocently they begin, the more devastatingly they end."—NYTBR