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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; Reprint edition (November 25, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345476174
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345476173
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,577,548 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. Narrated with verve and élan, Berlinski's sly second thriller flirts more with romance than danger. During the hot summer of 2003, a Paris-based American novelist named Claire Berlinksi gets into an online affair with a Persian archeologist who may be a spy. According to the preface, something similar happened to the author. Arsalan (aka "the Lion"), who lives in Isfahan, Iran, admires the real author's debut about a female CIA trainee, Loose Lips (2003), and is sure Claire has actual CIA ties. At Arsalan's suggestion, Claire swaps apartments with a colleague of his in Istanbul, Turkey. There Claire meets a cheerful if less than competent CIA agent, Sally, who asks her help in getting to Arsalan. Claire and the zany supporting cast make this tale of thwarted intimacy—as overseen by the gimlet eye of the World Wide Web (and CIA)—an entertaining example of what Claire calls the tantalizing "intersection between what you write and the truth." Keen social commentary on Paris and Istanbul adds to the fun. Berlinski is also the author of Menace in Europe: Why the Continent's Crisis Is America's, Too. (Jan.)
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Reality and fiction mesh gracefully in this inventive follow-up to Berlinski's first novel, Loose Lips (2003). A fictional Claire Berlinski is the heroine of this tale, living in Paris after the publication of Loose Lips. When she gets an e-mail from a man named Arsalan who wants to order her book, she impulsively sends him a copy. They begin to correspond, and Claire finds the more she learns about Arsalan, a Persian archaeologist dedicated to preserving ancient artifacts in the Middle East, the more she's drawn to him. On a whim, she swaps apartments for several months with one of Arsalan's colleagues and moves to the vibrant city of Istanbul. But when a new friend claims to be a CIA agent who has been following her correspondence with Arsalan and wants to get in touch with him, Claire realizes she might be in for some real-life intrigue. Colorful and filled with memorable characters, this adventure is well worth the journey. Kristine Huntley
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More About the Author


Claire Berlinski is a freelance investigative journalist, travel writer, biographer, and novelist who lives in Istanbul. She is the author of Menace in Europe: Why the Continent's Crisis is America's, Too, and There is No Alternative: Why Margaret Thatcher Matters, which Newt Gingrich said "every American should read" and Theodore Darymple described as "about as powerful a defense of Thatcher's record as is likely ever to be written."

Her journalism has been published in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, First Post, theOxford International Review, The American, Asia Times, the Globe and Mail, the New York Sun, the Weekly Standard, National Review, Policy Review, Penthouse, Radio Free Europe, World Affairs Journal, Azure, Traveler's Tales, Travel & Leisure, and Arabies Trends. She is also the author of two spy novels and a frequent guest on local and international radio talk shows.

Since receiving a degree in Modern History and a doctorate in international relations from Oxford University, she has lived and worked in Britain, Thailand, Laos, France, and Turkey.

She devotes her spare time to rescuing stray animals, studying the martial arts, and sharing hand-to-hand combat tips on the Internet.

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This is a witty and imaginative story told in sharp, self-assured prose.
Lara Tupper
Claire Berlinski's LION EYES is an online dating story, a spy story, a travelogue (it's set in Paris and Istanbul), and a story about how wacky people and life can be.
Kay
In this second novel Berlinksi, author of Loose Lips writes about a fictional version of herself in the aftermath of the publication of her first book.
Fuat C. Baran

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kay on May 28, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Claire Berlinski's LION EYES is an online dating story, a spy story, a travelogue (it's set in Paris and Istanbul), and a story about how wacky people and life can be. It's brilliant, witty, clever, and comedic with a nice sense of symmetry. Claire wrote an earlier novel, LOOSE LIPS, about a woman with a degree in English who decides to join the CIA because she doesn't want to teach; LOOSE LIPS is somewhat of an exposé of the CIA training practices with a love story thrown in. In LION EYES, the follow-up novel, Claire (who does actually live in Paris and Istanbul) receives a query from an Iranian archeologist about how he can get a copy of LOOSE LIPS, since Amazon doesn't deliver to Iran. Unfortunately, later when Claire's sending an e-mail to a friend about Claire's being dumped by her boyfriend, she inadvertently sends it to the wrong address--to the Iranian archeologist. From there, they develop a epistolary relationship all the while Claire is working on her next novel, corresponding with a friend also working on a book, and corresponding with another friend, a therapist. The archeologist turns out to be someone being monitored by the CIA, not for being a terrorist, but for being someone with valuable information on where Iranian nuclear sites are located. This is a lighthearted, delightful, charming, extremely well written book with many zany surprises. I couldn't put it down!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paula Feldmeier on December 25, 2008
Format: Paperback
I didn't read this author's first book, Loose Lips, but will need to do so as I thought this book was pretty good. The author does a great job of moving back and forth between conversations and relationships with different people in the book who eventually reveal a common thread. Taking place in Paris and then Istanbul, this spy-like novel doesn't disappoint.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Fuat C. Baran on May 21, 2007
Format: Hardcover
In this second novel Berlinksi, author of Loose Lips writes about a fictional version of herself in the aftermath of the publication of her first book. Set in Paris and Istanbul with great descriptions of the two places, sprinkled with plenty of humor the book has a convoluted plot line that makes you constantly wonder which bits are fiction and which bits are from her real life. I especially enjoyed the epistolary format, with a significant portion of the book taking place in email correspondence between the author/protagonist and the various other characters in the novel.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lara Tupper on April 21, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is a witty and imaginative story told in sharp, self-assured prose. Lion Eyes is not just for Eagles fans-- it's for anyone who enjoys vivid descriptions of place (Istanbul, Paris) and pointed commentary about the lines between fact and fiction. I read this book greedily; I can't wait for more from Claire Berlinski.
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