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The Paris Diversion

(2019)
(The second book in the Expats series)
A novel by

 
 
The most clever plot twist of the year.Washington Post

“I nominate Kate Moore, the protagonist of Chris Pavone’s sizzling new thriller The Paris Diversion, for patron saint of working wives and mothers everywhere.”—Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review

The Paris Diversion is the best espionage novel I’ve read this year. Smart, sophisticated and suspenseful, this is Pavone’s finest novel to date—and that’s saying something.”—Harlan Coben, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Fool Me Once

“Deliciously twisty . . . This involving work has been skillfully engineered for maximum reader enjoyment.”—The Wall Street Journal


From the New York Times bestselling author of The Expats. Kate Moore is back in a pulse-pounding thriller to discover that a massive terror attack across Paris is not what it seems—and that it involves her family


American expat Kate Moore drops her kids at the international school, makes her rounds of chores, and meets her husband Dexter at their regular café: a leisurely start to a normal day, St-Germain-des-Prés.

Across the Seine, tech CEO Hunter Forsyth stands on his balcony, wondering why his police escort just departed, and frustrated that his cell service has cut out; Hunter has important calls to make, not all of them technically legal.

And on the nearby rue de Rivoli, Mahmoud Khalid climbs out of an electrician’s van and elbows his way into the crowded courtyard of the world’s largest museum. He sets down his metal briefcase, and removes his windbreaker.

That’s when people start to scream.

Everyone has big plans for the day. Dexter is going to make a small fortune, finally digging himself out of a deep financial hole, via an extremely risky investment. Hunter is going to make a huge fortune, with a major corporate acquisition that will send his company’s stock soaring. Kate has less ambitious plans: preparations for tonight’s dinner party—one of those homemaker obligations she still hasn’t embraced, even after a half-decade of this life—and an uneventful workday at the Paris Substation, the clandestine cadre of operatives that she’s been running, not entirely successfully, increasingly convinced that every day could be the last of her career. But every day is also a fresh chance to prove her own relevance, never more so than during today’s momentous events.

And Mahmoud? He is planning to die today. And he won’t be the only one.

Genre: Thriller

Praise for this book

"Sleek, cunning and breakneck, Chris Pavone’s The Paris Diversion sweeps you into its frenetic rhythms from its first pages. With a sprawling cast of characters, with its scissoring plot twists, and especially with Kate—as rich and complicated a hero as you could hope for—it keeps you returning for more and more. A knockout." - Megan Abbott

"Since he exploded onto the scene with The Expats, Chris Pavone has quickly become one of the elite must-read can’t-miss thriller writers working today. Grab The Paris Diversion and hold on for the ride." - C J Box

"Chris Pavone's The Paris Diversion is the best espionage novel I've read this year. Smart, sophisticated and suspenseful, this is Pavone's finest novel to date -- and that's saying something." - Harlan Coben

"Thriller writing at its absolute best. With echoes of Graham Greene and John le Carré, Pavone’s novel accomplishes that rare feat of being both a nonstop adventure ride and a smart, stylish and compelling meditation on family, courage, responsibilities, and the relationships we create, for good and bad, throughout our lives. The Paris Diversion does far more than divert; it grips us from the very beginning and doesn’t let go." - Jeffery Deaver

"I tore through The Paris Diversion, completely caught up in the thrilling story of one remarkable day in Paris. With its twisting, high-stakes plot, all-too-human characters, and unrelenting tension, I couldn’t read it fast enough! I absolutely loved it—highly recommended!" - Shari Lapeña

"Chris Pavone is a master craftsman. A natural storyteller. Whether we’re being driven around Paris in a car trunk or walking through the Luxembourg Gardens, his descriptions leap off the page. The Paris Diversion is a terrific read." - Jason Matthews

"The Paris Diversion coils up with tension from the first page and propels the reader through a maze of intrigue and suspense. Fans of espionage thrillers will find nothing is what it seems in the Chris Pavone's stealthy storytelling." - Matthew Pearl

"My head is still swimming after reading The Paris Diversion. Chris Pavone has constructed the perfect page-turner for our fraught times, a white-knuckle ride of international proportions where nothing is ever what it seems." - Olen Steinhauer


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Used availability for Chris Pavone's The Paris Diversion

Hardback Editions

May 2019 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Paris Diversion
Author(s): Chris Pavone
ISBN: 0-571-35187-5 / 978-0-571-35187-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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May 2019 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Paris Diversion: A Novel
Author(s): Chris Pavone
ISBN: 1-5247-6150-8 / 978-1-5247-6150-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Crown
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Paperback Editions

April 2020 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Paris Diversion
Author(s): Chris Pavone
ISBN: 0-571-33723-6 / 978-0-571-33723-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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February 2020 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Paris Diversion: A Novel
Author(s): Chris Pavone
ISBN: 1-5247-6151-6 / 978-1-5247-6151-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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January 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: Paris Diversion
Author(s): Chris Pacone
ISBN: 0-571-33722-8 / 978-0-571-33722-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber Ome
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November 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: Paris Diversion
Author(s): Chris Pavone
ISBN: 0-593-13715-9 / 978-0-593-13715-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Penguin Random House USA
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May 2019 : Paperback
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Title: The Paris Diversion
Author(s): Chris Pavone
ISBN: 1-984846-77-9 / 978-1-984846-77-8
Publisher: Thorndike Press
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February 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Paris Diversion
Author(s): Chris Pavone
ISBN: 0-571-33721-X / 978-0-571-33721-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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January 2019 : Paperback
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Title: Paris Diversion: A Novel
Author(s): Chris Pavone
ISBN: 1-984824-93-7 / 978-1-984824-93-6
Publisher: Penguin Random House USA
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Audio Editions

May 2019 : Audio CD
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Title: The Paris Diversion: A Novel
Author(s): Chris Pavone
ISBN: 1-984845-25-X / 978-1-984845-25-2
Publisher: Random House Audio
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May 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Paris Diversion: A Novel
Author(s): Chris Pavone
Publisher: Random House Audio
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May 2019 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Paris Diversion: A Novel
Author(s): Chris Pavone
Publisher: Random House Audio
Availability: Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

May 2019 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Paris Diversion
Author(s): Chris Pavone
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


May 2019 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Paris Diversion: A novel by the New York Times bestselling author of The Expats
Author(s): Chris Pavone
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA