This is a riveting read. It starts with the abduction of a young Israeli IT marketer at Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris and goes on a crazy wild ride. There are Chinese assassins, a bent Macau official, a philanthropist donor to the Israeli PM who makes money from casinos, French police and politicians, a pissed off US secret service, glamorous Russians and lots of Israeli spooks.
As a former member of a secretive branch of the Israeli secret service who grew up in both France and Israel, author Dov Alfon is well-placed to write a book like this. The insights we get into the intelligence community are fascinating. In both Israel and France there is, of course, a lot of jockeying among the spooks and the politicians. You can’t be involved in either and emerge naive. Alfon is a terrifically good writer: the plot is compelling, the characters real, you get a superb flavour of Paris (and the logic behind casino design), and all in all, this is a very pacy thriller for grownups.