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Chris Pavone
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17 Jan 2013

Kate Moore is an expat mum, newly transplanted from Washington D.C. In the cobblestoned streets of Luxembourg, her days are filled with play dates and coffee mornings, her weekends spent in Paris or skiing in the Alps. Kate is also guarding a secret - one so momentous it could destroy her neat little expat life - and she suspects that another American couple are not who they claim to be; plus her husband is acting suspiciously. As she travels around Europe, she finds herself looking over her shoulder, terrified her past is catching up with her.

As Kate begins to dig, to uncover the secrets of those around her, she finds herself buried in layers of deceit so thick they threaten her family, her marriage - and her life.


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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber (17 Jan 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571279171
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571279173
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.4 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,120 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,506 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chris Pavone grew up in New York City, and attended Midwood High School in Brooklyn and Cornell University. He worked at a number of publishing houses over nearly two decades, most notably as an editor at Clarkson Potter, where he specialized in cookbooks; in the late nineties, he also wrote a little (and mostly blank) book called The Wine Log. His first novel, The Expats, released in the U.S. and the U.K. in early 2012, was an instant New York Times bestseller, and is being published in fifteen languages on five continents, and developed for film. Chris is married and the father of twin schoolboys, as well as an old cocker spaniel, and they all live in Greenwich Village and the North Fork of Long Island.

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"Sly. . . . Pavone strengthens this book with a string of head-spinning revelations in its last pages. . . . The tireless scheming of all four principals truly exceeds all sane expectations." --"The New York Times" "Bombshell-a-minute. . . . Pavone creates a fascinating, complicated hero." --"Entertainment Weekly" "A gripping spy drama and an artful study of the sometimes cat-and-mouse game of marriage." --"Family Circle" "Smartly executed. . . . Pavone is full of sharp insights into the parallels between political espionage and marital duplicity. . . . Thoroughly captivating." --"The New York Times Book Review" "Superb. . . . [Pavone] expertly draws readers along with well-timed clues and surprises. . . . An engineering marvel." --"Richmond Times-Dispatch" "Expertly and intricately plotted, with a story spiraling 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." --"The Guardian "(London) "Refreshingly original. . . . Part Ludlum in the pacing, part Le Carre in the complexity of story and character, but mostly Chris Pavone. . . . A thriller so good that you wonder what other ideas [Pavone] has up his cloak, right alongside the obligatory dagger." --"The Star-Ledger" "Amazing. . . . Impossible to put down. . . . Pavone invokes memories of the great writers of spy fiction of the past, and he has the chops to be mentioned with the best of them." --Associated Press "A blast. . . . Pavone is spinning a fantastic tale with action that spans the globe." --"Dallas Morning News" "Highly entertaining." --"Mystery Scene" "Thoroughly enjoyable." --"Suspense" Magazine "Hard to put down." --"San Francisco Bay Guardian" "Stunningly assured. . . . An intricate, suspenseful plot that is only resolved in the final pages." --"Booklist" (starred review) "Brilliant,

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The astonishing international thriller guaranteed to keep you hooked to the very last page.

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278 of 293 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars impressive debut novel 12 Mar 2012
By Cloggie Downunder TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
From an uncorrected proof copy
The Expats is the impressive debut novel by American author, Chris Pavone. Set mainly in Europe, the action switches between Paris in the present day and Washington DC and Luxembourg two years previously. Kate Moore quit her undercover job with the CIA, a job that was secret even from her husband, Dexter, to move to Luxembourg with him and their young sons, Jake and Ben. There, Dexter's job as a systems security expert for banks could afford them a better income and an enviable lifestyle which included weekends in places like Paris and Amsterdam. As expats, they socialised mainly with other expats, and had soon formed a friendship with Julia and Bill Maclean. But Kate's CIA training leads her to suspect that Julia and Bill are not what they first seem and she begins to wonder: are they are assassins? Are they investigating her for unlawful actions in her CIA career? Or are they after her husband? Which leads her to start wondering if Dexter has been completely truthful with her. As Kate makes certain discoveries in the present day narrative, she flashes back to two years ago, her exit from the CIA and their early months in Luxembourg, and certain events and conversations suddenly become startlingly clear.
This novel has a superbly clever plot full of twists and turns that has the reader guessing to the last line. Without giving away too much of the story, Pavone uses the present day narrative to sow enough seeds of intrigue to keep the reader engrossed in the action two years previous. Interestingly, Pavone writes from Kate's point of view, something he does very competently. As the suspense built, I found myself more and more on the edge of my seat.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Darned good read 4 Oct 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I thoroughly enjoyed this spy novel after purchasing it on a whim as it was only 20p. Just goes to show that not all the 'cheapies' are rubbish.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok. Readable. 31 Oct 2012
By lordy
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This is not a bad book & the premise is Ok. My main criticism is that the flitting back and forth between Paris and Luxembourg is unnecessary & actually just detracts from the main plot as you have to keep checking where you are in the story - especially if you have to put the book down for more than 2 minutes! Also, I thought that Kate came across as more desperate housewife than CIA stalwart. Overall, I did enjoy the storyline - but it could have been a hell of a lot better.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Irritating which is a shame...... 24 Sep 2012
By NicolaB
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I really want to like this book as I can see it has potential. I have somewhat out of character decided to write a review when I am only 36% through. But I am finding it so irritating I am not sure if I'll finish. I am a pretty intelligent person but I currently seem to be spending at least 1 to 2 pages working out where and what time i am in, every 5 pages.... Luxembourg now, Luxembourg past, Washington now or past, random visits at the weekend to other countries past or Paris now...... I realise it will all become clear at some point and to be honest I think I quite like it. But seeing as I can't read this book in one sitting. I don't really know whare I am each time I start reading. Could be easily solved if the writer seems quite so keen to constantly flit about to maybe say where you are and the date at each change of venue. Maybe it's the kindle formatting and is clearer in the book? Don't know.... Just getting bored.
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72 of 78 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Write more like this, please! 21 Mar 2012
By Kiw1
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I found The Expats unputdownable. Chris Pavone has created a superb portrayal of a successful career woman who follows her husband away from job and career. Kate, though, is ex-CIA, and not just any old CIA employee, but an ex 'wet' operator, who goes through the difficult transition from professional to Mummy that so many of us have gone through - but nothing can take the CIA operative out of this stay-at-home mother. We follow her suspicions and her acute observations throughout the unfolding of the story as the tension increases chapter by chapter, all set in the context of a loving home with husband and two good little kids. And we agonise with her about some of her former activities. Pavone keeps us on the edge of our seats as the story switches back and forth in time, with questions being asked and answers appearing at different times and in various circumstances.

And I liked the ending. This is a book that has stayed with me - the characters and the plot. On thinking back, the characters are consistent and believable, something I can't say about many thrillers. Definitely to be recommended.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent - highly recommended 21 Sep 2012
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Initially, I wasn't going to buy this because of some of the negative reviews. However, I am so glad I did. This is one of the best books I have read this year.

Well-written, good grammar plus a story that kept me enthralled all the way through, with twists and turns that were well thought out.

It is fast-paced and does jump from location to location, but that is part of the tension-building and isn't difficult to follow.

I hope the next one will be as good. I am sure someone will buy the film rights to this.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A good story but .... 20 Jan 2013
By Hillt01
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Rather confusingly told. The plot is good. Characters almost believable but the flitting between times of the story not always clear and the main character, Kate,is not totally likable.
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
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Published 15 hours ago by Gail
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read
Really enjoyed this book, kept me interested till the end. Full of twists and turns
Published 7 days ago by Vivienne Morgan
3.0 out of 5 stars Intruiging!
Although it sometimes felt a little contrived I did want to keep reading to find out what would happen. I worked out early that they both had a secret... Read more
Published 10 days ago by paul welstead
5.0 out of 5 stars The expats
Very good book a bit backwards and forwards for my liking

The heroine was very cool,and the husband very placed
Published 11 days ago by Colin Thorniley
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
ok
Published 14 days ago by C. R. Mandall
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
ok
Published 19 days ago by Mrs. J. Barr
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Can't comment, not read yet
Published 23 days ago by Tracey Simms
3.0 out of 5 stars It was ok
This book started off very well, and I thought I would really enjoy it. However, the story developed into a completely silly plot. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Elena47
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping
Thrilling read. My best book for a while. Really different to other books I have read. Grips you from the start.
Published 1 month ago by sarah walker
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked it but for Non Expats would be hard work
Enjoyed this book. Having been an Expat myself could relate to the storyline...but maybe other people would struggle to.keep up any interest.
Published 1 month ago by cheryl
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