Released on 12 March 2015.

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All The Old Knives

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'This is one of the sparest, most elegant spy novels I have come across in a long time . . . Written in glistening prose - with not a word wasted - it proves Steinhauer truly is John le Carre's rightful heir.' Daily Mail

Celia used to lie for a living. Henry still does. Can they ever trust each other?

Six years ago, Henry and Celia were lovers and colleagues, working for the CIA station in Vienna, until terrorists hijacked a plane at the airport. A rescue attempt, staged from the inside, went terribly wrong. Everyone on board was killed.

That night has continued to haunt all of those involved; for Henry and Celia, it brought to an end their relationship. Celia decided she'd had enough; she left the agency, married and had children, and is now living an ordinary life in the Californian suburbs. Henry is still a CIA analyst, and has travelled to the US to see her one more time, to relive the past, maybe, or to put it behind him once and for all.

But neither of them can forget that question: had their agent been compromised, and how? And each of them also wonders what role their lunch companion might have played in the way things unfolded...

All the Old Knives is Olen Steinhauer's most intense, most thrilling and most unsettling novel to date - from the New York Times bestselling author deemed by many to be John le Carré's heir apparent.

In the media

It would be a high crime to give away . . . the deliciously devious plot, this brew packs a [potent] punch . . . Steinhauer expertly navigates . . . with an aplomb reminiscent of the best of Deighton and John Le Carré. Like those masters of the genre, Steinhauer manages to make the reader care desperately for his characters even as the realities of the spy game mock their every hope of happiness . . . In All the Old Knives [Steinhauer's] upped the ante in ways that enrich the genre while providing a white-knuckle ride
Los Angeles Times
Compelling . . . Delivers intrigue, suspense, and a heart-stopping finale . . . You'll devour it in one night
Booklist (starred review)
This genre-bending spy novel takes Hitchcockian suspense to new heights
Library Journal (starred review)