When one Israeli citizen disappears from Charles de Gaulle airport with a woman in a red dress, you could put it down to youthful indiscretion.
When a second from the same flight is disappeared from his hotel room by a girl with a gun, you might just have a diplomatic crisis on your hands.
Enter Colonel Abadi, recently appointed head of the special branch of Unit 8200, Israel's most secretive intelligence service.
His only allies are his deputy back in Israel, the dazzling and hot-headed Lieutenant Orianna Talmor, and a hungover French detective, hung out to dry by his superiors.
Together they face a squad of ruthless Chinese commandos who have no qualms about leaving Paris littered with bodies.
And then there are their enemies in the Paris establishment and the labyrinthine, back-stabbing Israeli intelligence community.
All in all, it could be a long night.
Born and brought up in Paris, Dov Alfon is a former intelligence officer of Unit 8200. He was editor in chief of Israel's most influential newspaper, Ha'aretz, and chief editor of the leading publishing house Kinneret-Zmora. His previous projects have been called "fantastically creative" by The Guardian, "revolutionary" by The Paris Review and "incredibly inspiring" by The New Yorker. This is his first work of fiction.
Alfon takes over from John Le Carre and the old masters of the spy novel. — Guy Horowitz, Haaretz.
I can't remember any previous Israeli thriller so brilliant, lean and sleek . . . A novel for our post-truth times, totally believable and impossible to put down. — Aharon Lapidot, Israel Hayom.
Alfon breaks the limits of previous generation thrillers and creates the 21st century spy novel, sleek, highly political, funny, romantic and unforgettable. — Talma Admon, Maariv.
Thriller of the year... I'm in love with this duo of intelligence officers, they'll never let me down. — Galit Dahan-Carlibach, NRG.
Best novel of the year... John Le-Carre and scores of Mossad agents can happily retire and leave room for Dov Alfon and his Unit 8200 wizards, who change the shape of espionage thrillers with enormous talent, depth and intensity. A masterpiece. — Shay Golden, Makor Rishon.
The best Israeli thriller ever written. — Meira Barnea-Argaman, TV Channel 2.
If you want to sleep during your flight, do *not* buy this thriller at the airport! The pages fly by themselves and prey on my thoughts long after I landed. — Haim Hecht, Radio Kol-Rega.
Dov Alfon has written a first-class thriller, utterly knowing, richly detailed and rigorously researched . . . A wonderful book, riveting and ingenious. I couldn't put it down till the final twist. — Gal Perl, Al-Hakavenet.
Best read... Alfon knows so much about the ways the Israeli intelligence corps work that it adds a lot to the enjoyment of the book... His characters are great, and the plot is full of suspense and very fast-paced. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series. — Adi Shtamberger, Jerusalem Post.
An amazing achievement... This thriller captures the zeitgeist with enormous power . . . Equal parts suspense and entertainment, you simply can't put it down. — Ilan Lukatch, Radio Tel-Aviv.