Cairo Affair by Olen Steinhauer (M STEINHAUER)
In the spy game, you accept that lies are part of the job and that people are collateral damage to getting that job done. Sophie Kohl is an American embassy wife in Hungary, long-married to husband Emmett. When Emmett is brutally murdered in front of her, she turns to her former lover in Cairo, Stan Bertolli, to help her discover why Emmett was targeted. She goes to Cairo seeking answers; more deaths follow in the chaos of Egypt’s regime change, with a possible trail leading back to a proposed-and later rejected- CIA operation. There are very few heroes and many betrayals before Sophie ends her quest.
Steinhauer created a name for himself with his historical Cold War thrillers (Yalta Boulevard series) set in an unnamed Soviet country. He followed these with the Milo Weaver CIA novels. His latest, All the old knives, promises to be equally intriguing.