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You Know What's Going On by Olen Steinhauer
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You Know What's Going On

by Olen Steinhauer

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A good short story with an incredible amount of layers showing the motivations of four characters tied together by a single event. Of course, when dealing with spies, nothing is as it seems and missed details are deadly.

Outstanding writing by one of my favorites. ( )
  ssimon2000 | May 7, 2018 |
Synopsis/blurb……..

"You Know What's Going On" is a novella (47 pages in the printed edition) originally published in Agents of Treachery, an espionage-fiction anthology edited by Otto Penzler.

Like my recent books (The Tourist, The Nearest Exit), "You Know What's Going On" deals with spies and spying, but with this story I wanted to move away from the European setting of most of my novels, and into Africa--specifically, Kenya and Somalia. I also wanted to deal with something I've kept at arm's length--Muslim extremism. Add to this Somali pirates, self-loathing Western agents, and a disastrous stop-over in Rome before heading on to Nairobi, and you have...well, you have the makings for some explosions.

I hope you enjoy it. If you do, then of course don't resist the impulse to run out and purchase my back catalog, but I'd also suggest picking up a copy of Agents of Treachery--it's an excellent collection for any fan of spy fiction. For fans of the genre, I'd call it required reading.
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Another short but enjoyable read which keep the numbers ticking over. And as the man himself recommends above, I’d buy his back catalogue if I didn't already own it.

I think I have yet to be disappointed by his writing and this tale is no exception. What I like about him is how he hooks you into the story within a few short pages.

We've an interesting mix of characters and our tale is narrated by alternate protagonists in each chapter; Paul, Nabil, Sam and Benjamin. Intrigue, betrayal, deceit, cowardice, loyalty, extremism with the odd pirate thrown in. Populated by a diverse cast, each with their own agenda and goals. Steinhauer pitches the reader inside everyman’s head. In a couple of instances our characters’ loyalties and motives seem to be set on a personal, rather than ideological level.

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I have managed to read a couple from Steinhauer this year, one full length novel and another short piece.

The Cairo Affair http://col2910.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04...

On the Lisbon Disaster http://col2910.blogspot.co.uk/2014/10...

Early 2015, in March he has another novel out – All the Old Knives. I've no idea what it’s about at this stage, but I’ll be looking out for it.

Bought last year or early this year on Amazon for Kindle

http://col2910.blogspot.co.uk/2014/10... ( )
  col2910 | Nov 13, 2014 |
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