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Nov 25, 2008
| ISBN 9780345476173
Nov 25, 2008
| ISBN 9780345513304
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Nov 25, 2008 | ISBN 9780345476173
Nov 25, 2008 | ISBN 9780345513304
Claire Berlinski (the real Claire Berlinski, that is) wrote Loose Lips, the best (and certainly the funniest) contemporary novel about the CIA. Of course, that never meant she was the greatest spy of her generation.When a fictional spy novelist named Claire Berlinski, who lives in Paris, begins exchanging e-mails with an Iranian archeologist who likes her work, she thinks nothing of it. Lots of people like spy novels. Lots of people meet online. Lots of people flirt online.But when Claire visits Istanbul at the suggestion of this charming Persian, whom she calls the Lion, she finds herself, to her astonishment, in the thick of a real espionage novel. As life begins menacingly to imitate art, Claire discovers that the Lion is not who she thinks he is. And the Lion discovers that Claire is not who he thinks she is, either.
Of Claire Berlinski’s marvelous debut novel, Loose Lips–a perfect blend of satire, romance, and suspense featuring a young female CIA operative–book critic Frank Bascombe observed: “It’s more than a little obvious that [protagonist] Selena Keller is Claire Berlinski.” Despite her assertions to the contrary, Berlinski isn’t above poking fun at that notion in her hilarious and intriguing new novel.In Lion Eyes, a fictional Claire–the author of a novel about love among young CIA trainees–is unsuccessfully dodging a deadly Paris heat wave and her even deadlier ex-boyfriend. When she receives an e-mail from an Iranian admirer who wonders how to obtain a copy of Loose Lips in his native city of Esfahan, Claire wastes no time in replying. Her correspondence with the mysterious stranger, Arsalan–whose name means “the Lion” in Persian–quickly becomes personal, then intimate . . . then obsessive. As Claire heads to Istanbul to find relief from the heat, her electronic flirtation with Arsalan begins, inevitably, to consume her. The boundary between reality and her imagination blurs and then disappears. The Lion, meanwhile, is nurturing his own powerful fantasies about the author. To satisfy their growing passion, they agree to meet, back in Paris, but Claire soon learns that someone is secretly intercepting their communications.Suddenly, Claire’s romantic dreams start to dissolve. As events take an unimagined turn, and as life begins menacingly to imitate art, Claire discovers that the Lion is not who she thinks he is. Clever and witty, Lion Eyes showcases intriguing characters, exotic locales, snappy double entendres, clever spy games, and the forbidden pleasure of reading other people’s mail. Claire Berlinski (the real Claire Berlinshi, that is) expertly plots out chance and chase, love and lies, and brings it all together with intelligence, counterintelligence, and a dossier full of humor.
Claire Berlinski is the author of Loose Lips and the nonfiction journalistic exposé Menace in Europe: Why the Continent’s Crisis Is America’s, Too. Born in California, she received her undergraduate degree in modern history and her doctorate in international relations… More about Claire Berlinski
“Hip, fresh and up-beat as well as cynical and wise . . . It’s a Cary Grant-Ingrid Bergman story for the wired generation.”–Santa Cruz Sentinel“Rarely is a book such a superb read that as soon as I complete it, I rush to locate anything the author has previously written. . . . Lion Eyes is fantastic, witty and full of intrigue. I stayed up much too late one night to complete it. Don’t miss this book.”–Atlanta Jewish Times “Go, Claire Berlinski! . . . A lovely book, full of humor and intelligence . . . Berlinski’s skillful dialogue, her comedic approach, her timing and her ability to plant clues that leave the reader hanging . . . would make for a terrific movie.” –The Globe and Mail“Sly . . . entertaining . . . narrated with verve and élan . . . Keen social commentary on Paris and Istanbul adds to the fun.”–Publishers Weekly (starred review)“Colorful and filled with memorable characters, this adventure is well worth the journey.”–Booklist“A story of love and espionage that is both a suspenseful spy novel and an arch romantic comedy.”–Tucson Citizen
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