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The Paris Diversion

A Novel
Autor: Chris Pavone
Sprecher: Mozhan Marnò
Spieldauer: 12 Std. und 7 Min.
Kategorien: Krimis & Thriller, Krimis
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"The most clever plot twist of the year." (Washington Post)

"I nominate Kate Moore, the protagonist of Chris Pavone’s sizzling new thriller The Paris Diversion, for patron saint of working wives and mothers everywhere." (Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review)

"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, number one New York Times best-selling author of Fool Me Once)

"Deliciously twisty.... This involving work has been skillfully engineered for maximum reader enjoyment." (The Wall Street Journal)

From the New York Times best-selling 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 rounds of chores, 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, wondering why 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. 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.

©2019 Chris Pavone (P)2019 Random House Audio

Kritikerstimmen

“[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, number one New York Times best-selling 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 best-selling author of The Couple Next Door

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great suspense, literature

Chris Pavone belongs to a newer breed of authors in the spy genre, like Olen Steinhauer, Charles Cumming, Paul Vidich and maybe Jack Grimwood. He writes for readers with a higher attention span. The plot in “Paris distraction” starts like many other novels with a terrorist threat. Yet it fast changes into another narrative. It is a complex but very well constructed plot, for me quite plausible. Pavone well knows of how a big heist in the 21st century could look like. As far as I can judge all the technical details are plausible, even if they don’t play a big role. As in his previous books Pavone shows he can create and sustain suspense. I had to force myself to stop listening to the audio book late in the evening and not to continue until dawn. Mozhan Marnò is a perfect narrator, her voice could be the voice of Kate, the protagonist of this book and “Expats”. Kate and Dexter and many more characters in this book are perfectly carved, interesting personalities with many layers. It is a pleasure to follow them. Pavone is obviously making use of his own experience as an expat in Europe. An interesting part of the book is the presence of the US although the book plays in France. The observations and reflections of the two protagonists in Europe say a lot about US Americans, what seems normal to them, what seems unusual or strange. America in the second decade of the 21st century is the elephant in the room in this book. This goes not only for small things but also on a bigger scale. In a previous review I compared Chris Pavone with John Le Carré. The “Paris distraction” reminded me of Graham Greene. In the “Quiet American” Greene tells a lot about Great Britain, while the book plays in Viet Nam. The background for the love and spy story in Viet Nam is Britain as a former super power. Pavones book has an America as a background where you need to attempt to become a millionaire to maintain a decent middle class live. Important and successful professions in this empire are warriors, bankers and thieves. In the “Paris distraction” we can see them at work. For some American readers, this book might look not sufficiently patriotic. That would be an unjust accusation in my eyes.