All the Old Knives by Olen Steinhauer

All the Old Knives

Six years ago in Vienna, terrorists took over a hundred hostages, and the rescue attempt went terribly wrong. The CIA's Vienna station was witness to this tragedy, gathering intel from its sources during those tense hours, assimilating facts from the ground and from an agent on the inside. So when it all went wrong, the question had to be asked: Had their agent been compromised, and how?Two of the CIA's case officers in Vienna, Henry Pelham and C...


Details All the Old Knives

TitleAll the Old Knives
ISBN9781250045423
Author
Release DateMar 10th, 2015
PublisherMinotaur Books
LanguageEnglish
GenreFiction, Thriller, Mystery, Spy Thriller, Espionage, Mystery Thriller
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Reviews All the Old Knives

  • Darwin8u
    1970-01-01
    “Perhaps it’s only those who don’t know us at all who are able to see us most clearly.” ― Olen Steinhauer, All the Old KnivesFirst a disclosure. I'm a Steinhauer completist. I love Olen Steinhauer. For many reasons. First, he is one of the few, modern spy novelists that seems interested in writing quality espionage fiction, during a period when spy fiction is evolving as the business of espionage shifts. Second, Steinhauer is pushing, i...
  • Paul
    1970-01-01
    All The Old Knives – An Interesting Spy StoryOlen Steinhauer is often compared to John Le Carre with his writing, and he is certainly a master of writing Spy Thrillers and has a prodigious output which is not comparable to many writers. All The Old Knives is a small but punchy spy thriller that is an engagingly well written book without any padding.All The Old Knives Olen Steinhauer has a come up with a plot and a setting in which is unusual in...
  • Antigone
    1970-01-01
    More novella than novel, Steinhauer's All the Old Knives is one of those miniature offerings that barely fits in the palm of your hand. In keeping with its toy-like presentation, the author admits this project was somewhat of a lark - a story that came to him upon encountering a Masterpiece Theater production starring Alan Rickman and Emma Thompson in which all the action took place at a restaurant table. Could he produce an espionage novel emplo...
  • Nancy
    1970-01-01
    Olen Steinhauer signals what he's up to at the very beginning of his clever All the Old Knives (St. Martins/Minotaur Books, paperback ARC) when CIA agent Henry Pelham discusses the state of contemporary spy fiction with a fellow airline passenger. She's reading an old Len Deighton. "They just don't make stories like this anymore. ... You knew who the bad guys were back then.''Actually, they do still write traditional spy novels -- see Joseph Kano...
  • Lori
    1970-01-01
    For a novel that only took a couple of hours to read it certainly delivered a punch. I'm not a fan of espionage books so in the beginning I wasn't sure this was going to be for me, but about a 1/4 of the way in I was hooked. Really enjoyed.
  • Col
    1970-01-01
    Synopsis/blurb…..Celia used to lie for a living. Henry still does. Can they ever trust each other? Nine years ago, Henry and Celia were lovers and colleagues, both working for the CIA station in Vienna. Until terrorists hijacked a plane at the airport, a rescue attempt, staged from the inside, went terribly wrong and everyone on board was killed. That night has continued to haunt all of those involved; for Henry and Celia, it brought to an end ...
  • Mal Warwick
    1970-01-01
    Just try to dream up a story linking a terrorist hijacking in Vienna and the CIA with two former lovers at dinner in a gourmet restaurant in Carmel, California. Give up? Well, it’s been done.This curious little book — a novella, really — emerged from the author’s long-standing desire to write a book centered on two people at dinner. I don’t know about you, but I’m always suspicious (and often disdainful) about fiction that’s meant t...
  • Betty
    1970-01-01
    I definitely had a problem getting through this book even though it is less than 300 pages. The plot line just did not work for me.Two former spies, once romantically involved, meet over dinner in Carmel, California. Both are still bothered by a terrorist attack several years previously. One of them wants to finally know the truth about the tragedy on which terrorists took over a commercial airliner and used the children onboard as pawns. The boo...
  • aPriL does feral sometimes
    1970-01-01
    Henry Pelham and Celia Harrison once worked in Vienna, Austria in 2006. They are CIA. They were lovers. Then, Ilyas Shishani, a Chechen radical who had become an Islamic terrorist, directed the hijacking of an Viennese airplane, although he was not onboard. The terrorists threatened to kill passengers if what they wanted didn't happen. They expected the immediate release of some of their friends in German prisons. (view spoiler)[Shishani was Henr...
  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    1970-01-01
    As we were heading off on vacation, my husband asked me to "pick" an audiobook to listen to. I decided to find a spy novel since some of the television we will both watch has to do with spies. I knew of Olen Steinhauer after my book club read The Cairo Affair, and so I picked the shortest of his novels that hadn't been already turned into a film. This takes place almost entirely in a restaurant during a conversation two former lovers are having a...
  • Trish
    1970-01-01
    Steinhauer is a capable author and is not to be blamed, I do not think, for the fact that midway through this cynical story about retired spies closing a case once and for all that I just got really sick of hearing, thinking, caring about spies and their circuitous world. I have begun to think, ever since reading Kai Bird's The Good Spy: The Life and Death of Robert Ames, that we should close the spy agencies and be done with the whole ridiculous...
  • Linda
    1970-01-01
    This book was psychological thriller from the get go. Two agents stationed in Austria deal with the high jacking of an airliner with over 100 innocents on board. The terrorists threaten to kill all on board if their demands are not met. Being CIA agents, both Henry & Ceila, work their sources to try and find an life saving solution. Little do they know that there is a traitor in their mist and the conclusion of this terrorist act haunts all invol...
  • Ann
    1970-01-01
    Clever, clever, clever - a very quiet buildup and a huge wallop of a punch at the end - to the point that I had to go back and 're-listen' (audiobook) to glean clues I must have missed first time around. An Amazon 'best book of the month, March 2015'. A short novel, masquerading as a quiet 'what's the point' book at the beginning, and then you have to wake up and pay attention. The story is about two CIA operatives in Vienna in 2006 (one now reti...
  • Dorothy
    1970-01-01
    I confess I was not familiar with Olen Steinhauer's work, but it seems he has authored a number of novels of international intrigue that have been highly acclaimed. From what I have learned of his writing, he specializes in elaborate, very intricate plots which keep the reader guessing right up until the end. All the Old Knives continues that tradition.This is the story of two old C.I.A. colleagues and lovers, Henry Pelham and Celia Harrison (now...
  • Jack
    1970-01-01
    Soon to be a major motion picture, starring Michelle Williams and Christopher Pine. I predict that it will be a good one and I'm looking forward to the tub of popcorn and the big Diet Pepsi.The upshot: Two "exes", Henry Pelham and Celia Harrison, meet up for a restaurant dinner in Carmel-by-the-Sea, on California's picturesque central coast. But this is no ordinary "Hey, how has life been treating ya?" reunion dinner: Henry is an active CIA agent...
  • Anmiryam
    1970-01-01
    A very enjoyable and focused spy novel that Olen Steinhauer undertook as a challenge to himself following a viewing a dramatization of a poem -- "The Song of Lunch" by Christopher Reid. Could he, Steinhauer wondered, construct a spy novel that shared a setting and a premise? The answer is: sort of.Instead of a reunion of ex-lovers over lunch, "All the Old Knives" centers on a dinner shared between old paramours, one a former spy and the other sti...
  • Tempo de Ler
    1970-01-01
    Depois de dois meses a trabalhar na investigação Frankler, desencadeada pela revelação de um prisioneiro capturado no Afeganistão de que uma catástrofe no aeroporto de Viena em 2006 terá tido o auxílio de alguém da Embaixada Americana, Henry regressa aos Estados Unidos para interrogar Celia, por quem ainda nutre sentimentos.Acompanhei esta história de traições, mentiras e segredos com grande interesse. Enquanto Celia reconstruiu a sua...
  • Steven
    1970-01-01
    I haven't enjoyed the dinner for two format very much the other times I have read books where it was used. I think I enjoyed this because of the evenness of the battle between Henry and Celia with the winner making the proverbial three point basket with two seconds left. Once again terrific characterization and real human emotions characterize this story. No James Bond this time.
  • Mayda
    1970-01-01
    Six years ago, Henry and Celia worked together as agents, or to be more blunt, spies. They were also lovers. But when a rescue mission went wrong and hostages died, Celia abruptly left the service. Now, Henry is investigating that mission and what led to the deaths of so many people. Someone was a traitor, that much was certain. And he needed to find out if it was Celia. If nothing else, this gripping tale teaches that everyone is suspect and tha...
  • John Brooke
    1970-01-01
    The hype on the back of Steinhauer’s books hails him as the next LeCarre. I can’t say I know the spy/espionage niche that broadly. But I have read all the Steinhauer books and several LeCarre's and this guy fits the bill for sure. It’s the knowledge plus the knowing voice. Steinhauer is not as cynical as LeCarre, but you can feel him getting there. What’s more important, you can feel Olen Steinhauer steadily becoming a masterful writer (l...
  • Bob
    1970-01-01
    A Satisfying Read But Nothing Special!I have been a fan of Olen Steinhauer since his first book. Having now finished his newest book, All The Old Knives, my overall feeling is that it is a satisfying, entertaining read but not one I'd recommend you rush out to read. This is because while there was nothing I disliked about it, there was also nothing about it that made me feel that it stands out from other books in the spy novel genre. As a matter ...
  • David L.
    1970-01-01
    I give this 3.5 stars. Henry and Celia are ex-lovers who met while working for the CIA, but now Celia is married with children and living the idyllic California life in Carmel by-the-sea. Henry needs to pay her a visit to tidy up loose ends years after an event that unraveled them from one another, and for Celia it seems, from her career as a spy. Unfortunately for them both, a horrific terrorist incident occurs in western Europe, on their watch,...
  • Patty
    1970-01-01
    All The Old KnivesByOlen SteinhauerThe main and most important characters in this book...There are certainly many secondary characters within this book but the key players in this book are Celia And Henry.My very brief story summary that includes bits and bobs from the beginning, middle and end of this book...This book is all about surprises and mysteries and the unraveling of a terrorist attack that happened years ago when Celia and Henry were l...
  • Tucker Elliot
    1970-01-01
    This was my first time reading Olen Steinhauer. ALL THE OLD KNIVES is incredibly well written and I plan to read some of the author's previous work as a result.The dialogue and narrative prose are sparse, sharp and witty. The characters are memorable and interesting. The plot and pacing are also excellent. It centers around a terrorist incident at the airport in Vienna, Austria. Five years after the fact, a CIA agent meets his former lover -- who...
  • Jaffa Kintigh
    1970-01-01
    This psychological spy thriller twists and turns as Vienna-based CIA operative Henry confronts former CIA analyst Celia six years after a disastrous hijacking and hostage negotiation with terrorists led to 120 civilian deaths. The exploration of the events and timelines around the botched job is complicated by implications of a mole, a coworker's suicide, Celia's resignation from the CIA and the break up of Henry and Celia's sexual relationship a...
  • Deb
    1970-01-01
    I'm not a reader of 'spy' fiction, as a rule. I like a good mystery and a good thriller. So when I saw this novel described as a spy novel, I almost did not pick it up. What a mistake that would have been.Set in a restaurant, all the action takes place in flash-backs. But rather than that making it a slow read, in this author's hands, it has a sharp sense of place and immediacy. It's a very quick read. It's easy (and probably best) to finish it i...
  • Betty
    1970-01-01
    A spy novel that has it all: clever writing, a fast pace, and an intricate plot plus the entire story is told during a dinner date and with the aid of a few flashbacks. Henry Pelham works for the CIA in Vienna. Celia is an ex-spy, now a wife and mother. Henry and Celia used to work together and used to be lovers. Now they are meeting for dinner in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California because some new information has come to light concerning a disastrous...
  • Henry C.
    1970-01-01
    A wicked, movie-worthy spy novel. A pair of ex lovers arrive to dinner in Carmel-by-the-Sea for a reunion. Normal enough. But their backstory -- as CIA operatives in Vienna, means this isn't a normal get together. Both are haunted by an terrorism incident that went badly wrong. As this swift novel uncoils, we learn more about the incident and more about the protagonists. It becomes increasingly clear that not all is at seems. Steinhauer is a wort...
  • Clint
    1970-01-01
    I absolutely loved this book and couldn't put it down. I actually finished it in just two days. It was my first time reading an Olen Stenhauer novel and I was really impressed. When reading this book, it reminded me a lot of the spy novels by John Le Carre. The plot was great and even though I figured out a lot of it early on, it still had a couple of twists and turns at the end that I didn't see coming. I will be reading more of Steinhauer's nov...