Monday, June 9, 2014

The Accident (A Novel) by Chris Pavone

Book Description:  As dawn approaches in New York, literary agent Isabel Reed is turning the final pages of a mysterious, anonymous manuscript, racing through the explosive revelations about powerful people, as well as long-hidden secrets about her own past. In Copenhagen, veteran CIA operative Hayden Gray, determined that this sweeping story be buried, is suddenly staring down the barrel of an unexpected gun. And in Zurich, the author himself is hiding in a shadowy expat life, trying to atone for a lifetime’s worth of lies and betrayals with publication of The Accident, while always looking over his shoulder.

Over the course of one long, desperate, increasingly perilous day, these lives collide as the book begins its dangerous march toward publication, toward saving or ruining careers and companies, placing everything at risk—and everyone in mortal peril.  The rich cast of characters—in publishing and film, politics and espionage—are all forced to confront the consequences of their ambitions, the schisms between their ideal selves and the people they actually became.

The action rockets around Europe and across America, with an intricate web of duplicities stretching back a quarter-century to a dark winding road in upstate New York, where the shocking truth about the accident itself is buried. 

My Thoughts:  The Accident by Chris Pavone is a spy thriller read at its best!  Chris Pavone is a new author for me.  He's the New York best selling author of Expats

This book was quite interesting.  A lot of spying and chasing going on.  

Isabel Reed is a literary agent and has a "hot" manuscript on her desk.  Just as she is turning the last pages it seems that all kinds of secrets are coming out...including her own secrets!  

The spy world is a world of looking over one's shoulder and not always knowing whom one's friend or foe may be. 
Sometimes, in life, we all have to face the consequences of the good or bad that we have created.  Such is the case of Isabel and Hayden with others.  And low and behold!  the consequences can create a life of discomfort.
The question seems to be: Was it an accident that this manuscript was presented to Isabel?  Is there an agenda?
As the manuscript slides toward the printing press the secrets seem to be forced to come out.
The espionage, the secrets, the light romance and the web of deceit  all make for a great read.  
This page turner thriller is one of those books that makes you wonder about your fellow Americans and about how secrets can affect our lives.
Great summer read!
*This book was provided by Waterbrook/Multnomah*
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Crown; First Edition edition (March 11, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385348452

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