The Cairo Affair by Olen Steinhauer - The assassination of an American diplomat in Hungary places a Cairo-based CIA agent, an Egyptian intelligence agent, and an American analyst at the mercy of a dangerous political game of shifting allegiances.
A spring day brings attorney Avery Andrews a new case. Fran French comes from Atlanta looking for her friend Neanna, whos more like a sister to her. Neanna went to Dacus looking for information on the unsolved murder of her aunt Wenda, and now shes missing.
Frog Music by Emma Donoghue This novel is set with engaging historical detail of San Francisco in 1876, It is based on a true murder mystery of that time, and its characters are intriguing occupants of an underworld that in fact existed. Jenny dressed as a man, and in that era cross dressing could result in prison. Blanche worked as a dancer and entertained men on the side to support her "fancy man" Arthur. Their one year old son P'Tit had been farmed to be raised in the country.
The best spy/counterspy book I've read in years! Ex-CIA author Matthews really knows his espionage "tradecraft" and he's an elegant writer too! The 2 protagonists (one U.S., one Russian) are memorable and the supporting cast (and the recipes at the end of each chapter) are a unique and intriguing bunch!