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The Paris Diversion: A Novel (Hardcover)
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From the New York Times bestselling author of The Expats. Kate Moore is back in a pulse-pounding thriller to discover that a massive terror attack across Paris is not what it seems – and that it involves her family
American expat Kate Moore drops her kids at the international school, makes her shopping rounds, and meets her husband Dexter at their regular café: a leisurely start to a normal day, St-Germain-des-Prés.
Across the Seine, tech CEO Hunter Forsyth stands on his balcony, perplexed that his police escort just departed, and frustrated that his cell service has cut out; Hunter has important calls to make, not all of them technically legal.
And on the nearby rue de Rivoli, Mahmoud Khalid climbs out of an electrician’s van, and elbows his way into the crowded courtyard of the world’s largest museum, in the epicenter of Western civilization. He sets down his metal briefcase, and removes his windbreaker.
That’s when people start to scream.
Everyone has big plans for the day. Dexter is going to make a small fortune, finally digging himself out of a deep financial hole, via an extremely risky investment. Hunter is going to make a huge fortune, with a major corporate acquisition that will send his company’s stock soaring. Kate has less ambitious plans: preparations for tonight’s dinner party—one of those homemaker obligations she still hasn’t embraced, even after a half-decade of this life—and an uneventful workday at the Paris Substation, the clandestine cadre of operatives that she’s been running, not entirely successfully, increasingly convinced that every day could be the last of her career. But every day is also a fresh chance to prove her own relevance, never more so than during today’s momentous events.
And Mahmoud? He is planning to die today. And he won’t be the only one.
About the Author
CHRIS PAVONE is the New York Times bestselling author of The Travelers, The Accident, and The Expats, winner of the Edgar and Anthony Awards for best first novel. He was a book editor for nearly two decades and lives in New York City with his family.
“[A] fast-paced thriller… shelve alongside le Carré, Forsyth, and other masters of foreign intrigue.” —Kirkus
"Chris Pavone's The Paris Diversion is the best espionage novel I've read this year. Smart, sophisticated and suspenseful, this is Pavone's finest novel to date -- and that's saying something."
— HARLAN COBEN, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Fool Me Once
"I tore through The Paris Diversion, completely caught up in the thrilling story of one remarkable day in Paris. With its twisting, high-stakes plot, all-too-human characters, and unrelenting tension, I couldn’t read it fast enough! I absolutely loved it—highly recommended!"
— SHARI LAPENA, New York Times bestselling author of The Couple Next Door
"Thriller writing at its absolute best. With echoes of Graham Greene and John le Carré, Pavone’s novel accomplishes that rare feat of being both a nonstop adventure ride and a smart, stylish and compelling meditation on family, courage, responsibilities, and the relationships we create, for good and bad, throughout our lives. The Paris Diversion does far more than divert; it grips us from the very beginning and doesn’t let go."
— JEFFERY DEAVER, New York Times bestselling author of The Cutting Edge
“As full of fast-paced twists and turns as a great car chase, you will race through Chris Pavone’s new book. This is a thrilling story of international intrigue set in my favorite city in the word - Paris. I loved it!!”
— INA GARTEN, Barefoot Contessa, New York Times bestselling author and TV Host
"Sleek, cunning and breakneck, Chris Pavone’s The Paris Diversion sweeps you into its frenetic rhythms from its first pages. With a sprawling cast of characters, with its scissoring plot twists, and especially with Kate—as rich and complicated a hero as you could hope for—it keeps you returning for more and more. A knockout."
— MEGAN ABBOTT, author of Give Me Your Hand and You Will Know Me
“Chris Pavone is a master craftsman. A natural storyteller. Whether we’re being driven around Paris in a car trunk or walking through the Luxembourg Gardens, his descriptions leap off the page. The Paris Diversion is a terrific read.”
– JASON MATTHEWS, New York Times bestselling author of the Red Sparrow trilogy
"An ingenious, engrossing sequel to an ingenious, engrossing original. If only all follow-ups were this good."
— JOHN CONNOLLY, New York Times bestselling author of the Charlie Parker thriller series
“My head is still swimming after reading The Paris Diversion. Chris Pavone has constructed the perfect page-turner for our fraught times, a white-knuckle ride of international proportions where nothing is ever what it seems.”
—OLEN STEINHAUER, New York Times bestselling author of The Middle Man and All the Old Knives
“Since he exploded onto the scene with The Expats, Chris Pavone has quickly become one of the elite must-read can’t-miss thriller writers working today. Grab The Paris Diversion and hold on for the ride.”
— CJ BOX, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author of The Disappeared
"Chris Pavone's books are always pacy, funny, intense, and full of surprises, and that's a rare combination. I heartily recommend The Paris Diversion."
SIMON KERNICK, author of The Bone Field
“The Paris Diversion coils up with tension from the first page and propels the reader through a maze of intrigue and suspense. Fans of espionage thrillers will find nothing is what it seems in the Chris Pavone's stealthy storytelling.”
— MATTHEW PEARL, author of The Dante Chamber
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