by Chris Pavone
“The Paris Diversion: A Novel” is a great novel full of suspense, thrill, drama and action. Chris Pavone is the author of this novel. The novel sees the return of CIA employee Kate Moore, the protagonist from his first novel, The Expats. This taut, intense thriller is his best to date, and that’s saying a good deal. The novel character Kate wears many hats, moving deftly from professional spy to primary caretaker of two children, one of whom is medically fragile. Her husband Dexter calls himself an investor, but he’s basically just a weasel. His weak character comes into play in a big way in this story as he is tied to a shady financial deal that in turn is tied though he doesn’t know it to a terrifying terrorist event that takes place in the heart of France: “She gasps.
She is surprised at her reaction, like an amateur. She has never before seen anything like this. No one here has. What she sees, a man is standing all alone in the middle of the vast open space, looking tiny. He’s wearing a bulky vest, and a briefcase sits at his feet, the sort of luggage that in action-adventure films follows around the president of the United States, a shiny case lugged around by a tall square-jawed man wearing a military uniform, a handsome extra with no speaking lines.