All The Old Knives

3.68 based on 2624 ratings & 488 reviews on Goodreads.com
Picador

Publication date: 13.08.2015
ISBN: 9781447295778
Number of pages: 0

Synopsis

'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

This terrific standalone thriller . . . Steinhauer is a very fine writer and an excellent observer of human nature
Publisher's Weekly (starred review)
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
Masterfully plotted . . . Even readers well-versed in espionage fiction will be pleasantly surprised by Steinhauer's plot twists and double backs
Kirkus (Starred Review)