All the Old Knives: A Novel
Steinhauer is one of the best espionage writers working today. Maybe the best, actually. His books hit the sweet spot of fast-paced plotting with well-drawn characters and top-notch writing.
This little book goes in a somewhat different direction from the action packed Tourist books. The concept is that it is a spy novel that takes place entirely during a single meal in a restaurant where layers of deception surrounding a terrorist event are revealed through a conversation between ex-lovers. It’s tightly written with crackly dialogue and a clever plot. I’m sure it’s already been optioned into a film. If popular fiction is your thing, you’ll like this.