Introducing books through the first paragraph or so...
Kate is staring through a plate-glass window filled with pillows and tablecloths and curtains, all in taupes and chocolates and moss greens, a palette that replaced the pastels of last week. The season changed, just like that.
She turns from the window, to this woman standing beside her on the narrow sliver of sidewalk, in the rue Jacob. Who is this woman?
-- The Expats, by Chris Pavone (just released 3/6/12)