Sidetracked at first by the many flashbacks, I had - in spite of my love for this type of tale - a hard time getting into it. In the end, the flashbacks were the whole underpinning of the story and the present-day twists and turns in part derived from them. It is, as another reviewer noted, a bit too much of explaining the plot in the course of the plot. It's almost like those old Road movies: Hey, Special Effects!
And...what American female who is not a trained spy or agent is going to see her husband assassinated and immediately jump into the fray - the Mid East at its most turbulent - and hare off to one of the most anti-female places on earth? Just saying...we are indeed wonders of women but we ain't crazy.
Nonetheless, I'm off to the library for more Steinhauer!This squeaks by as a 4, with a bit of tame sex and a fair amount of violence. If you love international intrigue, this could be (despite its many flaws) your kind of book.