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.
About the Author
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 from Balliol College at Oxford University. Like the heroine of Lion Eyes, she divides her time between Paris and Istanbul, where she lives with photojournalist David Gross and a menagerie of adopted stray animals.
Praise for Lion Eyes…
“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.”
“A story of love and espionage that is both a suspenseful spy novel and an arch romantic comedy.”