The Flight Attendant by Chris Bohjalian

AMAZING, fast-moving thriller starting with alcoholic, beautiful stewardess, Cassie, engaging in a one-night stand in Dubai with fellow American financier, Alexander Sokolov, who is murdered by Russian spy, Elena, who slices his throat but spares Cassie, as he is out from alcohol by his side.  Cassie wakes up, attempts cleanup and leaves not knowing if she did the awful deed, but sure it is not in her to murder.

Intrigue continues unabated, bringing in her sister, husband and their children, more one night stands and binges and winds up in Rome where Elena is tracking her to finish her off at her superiors’ insistence. Windup: Spy kills Elena in her room same way she executed Alex, then proceeds to attack Cassie, who is saved by bartender lover found in Rome.

Cassie is urged by savior to call hotel security, but attacker spy says call FBI to save you and me from Russian spy execution in future, so Cassie does and last few pages reveals happy ending when the two meet in separate protection lives and Cassie confides how happy she is in her new sober life with Alex’s baby, she named Masha.

Read in one day.  Great author.
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