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VINE VOICEon March 17, 2012
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The Expats is the debut novel from new voice Chris Pavone. It is a nicely written and paced spy novel that follows the story of an ex-CIA agent (Kate Moore) and her husband (Dexter Moore). They relocate to Luxembourg on somewhat of a whim job offer for Dexter - an online security expert. So they leave DC, and Kate trades the CIA for the expat equivalent of being a soccer mom. However Kate and Dexter both have secrets as do the other primary characters Bill and Julia Maclean. The plot pinwheels around how these secrets come to light (what else were you expecting from a spy novel?). If you want to know more of the plot, poke around the product page or other reviews.

If you are still reading, you might be thinking, "Hmm. I like spy novels, but I'm not sure if this one is any good or if I will like it." I can tell you that I do think it is a good (but not great) read. Pavone deftly walks the line of spoon feeding information to readers without being obtuse or frustrating. Since Pavone uses internet security as one of his plot drivers, it places the story very much in present day. If you prefer something historical, this is not your book. The Expats is not overly suspenseful, but it is more of an intellectual spy novel. Readers will not find hair raising action in these pages. The characters have average depth for the genre being neither paper thin or overly developed. If you have a strong preference for linear storytelling, you may want to think twice about The Expats. It starts in present day, and it intertwines present day sprinkled among chapters that tell the events of the past two years. While is not my preferred style, I didn't find it overly detracted from the story. Hopefully this gives you an idea of what The Expats is like, and you are better able to determine if it is for you. If you are curious about other aspects, please feel free to ask in the comments below.

Overall: B+
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