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Summary

Winner of the 2019 Crime Writers’ Association International Dagger   

From a former Israeli intelligence officer comes the most realistic, thrilling and authentic thriller of the year. 

Chinese gangsters and Israeli intelligence face off in Paris - Israel's best-selling book of 2017, perfect for fans of Homeland, John Le Carré and Mick Herron.

When an Israeli tech entrepreneur disappears from Charles de Gaulle airport with a woman in red, logic dictates youthful indiscretion. But Israel is on a state of high alert nonetheless. Colonel Zeev Abadi, the new head of Unit 8200's autonomous Special Section, who just happens to be in Paris, also just happens to have arrived on the same flight. 

For Commissaire Léger of the Paris Police, coincidences have their reasons, and most are suspect. When a second young Israeli is kidnapped soon after arriving on the same flight, this time at gunpoint from his hotel room, his suspicions are confirmed - and a diplomatic incident looms.

Back in Tel Aviv, Lieutenant Oriana Talmor, Abadi's deputy, is his only ally, applying her sharp wits to the race to identify the victims and the reasons behind their abduction. In Paris a covert Chinese commando team listens to the investigation unfurl and watches from the rooftops. While by the hour the morgue receives more bodies from the river and the city's arrondissements.

The clock has been set. And this could be a long night in the City of Lights.

©2018 Dov Alfon (P)2018 Quercus Editions Limited

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"Fast action, clever plotting and a Bond-esque lead character who drives the narrative forward at every turn.... This is high octane spy action." (Manda Scott)

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load of old cobblers

A very confused story, written by someone who seems to know about paperwork but little else. If you are prepared to believe that an international airport would have an entire level, unsecured, empty yet accessible to the public from the main lifts, protected only by having the floor button not light up. Then you are probably ok with all the subsequent nonsense, assuming you can maintain attention through all of the mostly irrelevant details of protocol and procedure. The characters are about as convincing and realistic as inspector Clueso and Danger Mouse.

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Too Slow A Burner

This starts well with an intriguing story line.However, it really started to drag on and , in the end, I lost interest.

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Boring story

Overall not a very interesting book. Unengaging characters with no depth but read well enough

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Terrific read/listen

Took a while to get going for me but then it kicked it and from there it was a sheer delight!

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Cinematic thriller

High octane, thrilling, contemporary drama set over 24 hours in Paris. Brilliantly read and compulsive. Thoroughly recommend.

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Authenticity overload

If Dov Alfon isn't a member of a spy organisation, he should definitely set one up.
This spy thriller set within Paris police stations and Israeli secret briefing rooms, crosses every drugged 'T' and dots more 'I's than a Morse Code handbook.
It starts with a presumed Israeli abduction in a Paris airport and quickly unravels into 24 hours of Chinese hit squads, bureaucratic shinanigans and body head counts.
The plot is suitably convoluted and the detail breath-taking.
The trick of having the tables turned on over-confident superiors is overdone but still weirdly satisfying, even though you know it's coming.
There's probably a rash of secretly coded intelligence in the audio. Destroy your audio device after listening.

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All a bit silly really!

I persevered with this but it was thoroughly unremarkable really and just a bit pedestrian. The world of Israeli espionage was mildly interesting including the insight into the struggles for power. The plot and storyline however just trundled along and at no point did it surprise or take the breath away. Can’t understand why this was a massive hit in Israel. Maybe the translation is poor? Who knows! Not for me.

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slow and tedious

suffered 7 chapters and still waiting for something to happen. Nothing did. Slow and tedious

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