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The Expats av Chris Pavone
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The Expats (urspr publ 2012; utgåvan 2012)

av Chris Pavone

Serier: Expats (1)

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"An international spy thriller about a former CIA agent who moves with her family to Luxembourg where everything is suspicious and nothing is as it seems"--
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Titel:The Expats
Författare:Chris Pavone
Info:Faber and Faber Crime (2012), Kindle Edition, 338 pages
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The Expats av Chris Pavone (2012)

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A couple and their two young kids move to Europe for the husband to take on a new job. The wife, an undercover resigned CIA, starts seeing unusual incidences that lead to her private investigation. ( )
  addunn3 | Jan 14, 2021 |
Servicable procedural. Ending was a little bit pat, not entirely believable. ( )
  jeddak | Nov 12, 2020 |
I read a little blurb somewhere, put a hold on at my library, and am
now half way thru. Mostly delightful. Interesting enough story,
CIA-Mom, leaves the Agency to move, with their two kids, to Luxembourg
for her husband's job.

The writing is really pretty good, partly straightforward and partly
modernistic with a mysterious (to me) structure of time, keeping me on
my toes. Odd cuts and jumps in time are more delicious in their
surprisingness than in annoyablity.

Finished. Quite the story. Nicely complicated, nicely wrapped up. And, still good writing. ( )
  tmph | Sep 13, 2020 |
Everyone in this book has secrets and as we read, we find out the depth of how much has been kept from us because of the skillful plotting. This book has almost every trope seen in your typical James Bond movie - sudden reveals, dangerous sky slopes, karate chops, betrayals etc. The suspense level is captivating and makes for a definite page turner. "...the secrets between them, the distance those secrets created. Her secrets: her secret life. The spying on him she'd already done and planned on doing, the massive wall of untruths that was growing taller every day, with every conversation they didn't have, every admission she didn't make." This is a beguiling thriller. ( )
  dbsovereign | Sep 8, 2020 |
Two timelines that are two close together to be treated separately, way too much description makes it sound like a Rick Steves' travel guide, and the story doesn't become compelling until the very end. ( )
  bookappeal | Nov 3, 2019 |
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What would happen to an expert CIA agent, 15 years in the job, who gives it all up to be a stay-at-home mum, exchanging assassinations and double-dealing for playdates, coffee mornings and tennis lessons? That's the reality of life for Kate Moore in Chris Pavone's debut, after her computer-geek husband Dexter accepts a job in Luxembourg and she decides that family is more important than work.

As Dexter works all hours at his mysterious new job in banking, she makes friends with other mothers, joins the American Women's Club of Luxembourg and meets an American couple, Julia and Bill Maclean. But Kate is bored – intensely, dangerously bored. So when she decides there's something off about the Macleans, she begins to investigate.

Tension builds, notch by notch, as Kate uncovers deception buried beneath deception, lies inside lies. Nothing, even her family, is what it seems, and she is terrified that her own dirty past as a CIA operative is catching up with her.

Pavone, a former book publishing editor who lived in Luxembourg for two years with his family, has created a startlingly real heroine in Kate. She's a former spy with a talent for languages and maps, hand-to-hand combat and guns; an expert assassin, cold enough and capable enough to kill. But Kate is no cipher: she's also a fiercely loving mother and a wife who has kept her past secret from her husband all these years. And she's terrified when her two worlds start to collide.

Expertly and intricately plotted, with a story spiralling into disaster and a satisfyingly huge amount of double crossing, The Expats certainly doesn't feel like a first novel. This is an impressively assured entry to the thriller scene.
tillagd av VivienneR | ändraThe Guardian, Alison Flood (Mar 11, 2012)
 
Kate Moore is the kind of woman who can kill, and who has killed, in-between being a mother to her two small sons and a wife to her rather nondescript husband, Dexter. Only one killing seems to haunt her, but she has been well trained to control her emotions.

When Kate relocates with her family to Luxemburg because of Dexter’s new and amorphous banking job, she also makes a major change in her own professional life. She has never told Dexter that she worked for 15 years as an operations officer for the CIA. Nor did she tell him that the job involved shooting people. She ostensibly cuts all ties with the agency although there are a few loopholes she can climb back thtough, as one might expect.

But the move to Luxembourg is not what she expected. She finds it boring to be plunged into domesticity, cooking, scrubbing and babysitting her two small sons. What she does find surprising is that she becomes more than curious about the new job of the previously predictable Dexter. He is so mysterious about his work and what it involves that it rouses her suspicion, a situation in which Kate presumably sees the irony that he might be involved in intelligence work.

As in most espionage mysteries, nothing is what it seems.
tillagd av VivienneR | ändraWashington Times, Simon Lelic
 

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Truth is beautiful, without doubt; but so are lies. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
The one charm of marriage is that it makes a life of deception absolutely necessary for both parties. – Oscar Wilde
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Kate couldn't read the look on Julia's face. Couldn't determine what level of truth, or what depth of continued deception, they were agreeing to stand on, here in the middle of this crowded party. Honesty is a consensual continuum.
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