This novel has garnered lots of praise and attention, as well as winning the Edgar for Best First Novel. I can say it was a well-deserved award – this is a very original and quirky novel that is more than worthy of all the attention. It’s not much like any other novel I’ve ever read – it has spy elements, international elements, and a strong domestic element that brings what is primarily a spy thriller into the more human realm. It made me like it much more.
I’m not big on spy thrillers and they haven’t been a big part of the genre for awhile – though it’s making a comeback, certainly, with the success of authors like Vince Flynn or the slyly imaginative Mike Lawson. Pavone brings yet another take.