An American Spy by Olen Steinhauer

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11 Critic Reviews

By the end of "An American Spy," there is a tantalizing hint that those left standing will live to spy another day. This reader certainly hopes so, as will many who succumb to the seduction of Steinhauer's irresistible masterwork of love, guilt and revenge.
-LA Times

Synopsis

In Olen Steinhauer's bestseller The Tourist, reluctant CIA agent Milo Weaver uncovered a conspiracy linking the Chinese government to the highest reaches of the American intelligence community, including his own Department of Tourism---the most clandestine department in the Company. The shocking blowback arrived in the Hammett Award--winning The Nearest Exit when the Department of Tourism was almost completely wiped out as the result of an even more insidious plot.

Following on the heels of these two spectacular novels comes An American Spy, Olen Steinhauer's most stunning thriller yet. With only a handful of "tourists"—CIA-trained assassins—left, Weaver would like to move on and use this as an opportunity to regain a normal life, a life focused on his family. His former boss in the CIA, Alan Drummond, can't let it go. When Alan uses one of Milo's compromised aliases to travel to London and then disappears, calling all kinds of attention to his actions, Milo can't help but go in search of him.

Worse still, it's beginning to look as if Tourism's enemies are gearing up for a final, fatal blow.

With An American Spy, Olen Steinhauer, by far the best espionage writer in a generation, delivers a searing international thriller that will settle once and for all who is pulling the strings and who is being played.
An American Spy is one of The New York Times Notable Books of 2012.

 

About Olen Steinhauer

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Olen Steinhauer is a two-time Edgar Award finalist and has been shortlisted for the Anthony, the Macavity, the Ellis Peters Historical Dagger, and the Barry awards. He is the author of the bestselling Milo Weaver novels, The Tourist and The Nearest Exit, as well as the acclaimed Eastern European crime series including The Bridge of Sighs, The Confession, 36 Yalta Boulevard, Liberation Movements, and Victory Square. Raised in Virginia, Steinhauer lives with his family in Budapest, Hungary. Visit his web site at www.olensteinhauer.com
 
Published March 13, 2012 by Minotaur Books. 397 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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All: 11 | Positive: 9 | Negative: 2

Kirkus

Excellent
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Mar 04 2012

Thickets of tricky conspiracies, swamps full of secret agendas: Reader, you’re in le Carré-land, guided there unerringly by one of the best of the newer crop.

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NY Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Ben Macintyre on Mar 30 2012

Not since John le Carré has a writer so vividly evoked the multilayered, multifaceted, deeply paranoid world of espionage

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NY Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Susannah Meadows on Mar 28 2012

...the action is lickety-split and spiked with exceedingly satisfying spy craft.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly on Jan 02 2012

...characters with genuine emotions and conflicts, coupled with an insightful and often poetic writing style, set him apart in the world of espionage fiction.

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LA Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Paula Woods on Apr 12 2012

By the end of "An American Spy," there is a tantalizing hint that those left standing will live to spy another day. This reader certainly hopes so, as will many who succumb to the seduction of Steinhauer's irresistible masterwork of love, guilt and revenge.

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Dallas News

Excellent
Reviewed by Alan Cheuse on Mar 17 2012

The plot unfolds with such ease, grace and force that you simply don’t want it to end. Which puts the work of... Steinhauer in the corner of John Le Carré and Alan Furst, whose worlds of spies you want to linger in for as long as you can.

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Portland Book Review

Below average
Reviewed by Ellison Weist on Mar 19 2012

Loyal fans may be disappointed with An American Spy. New readers will simply be confused.

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Men Reading Books

Good
Reviewed by Blogger on Mar 15 2012

I'm going to have to read a lot of espionage authors to find anyone who deserves to even be in the foothills of the mountain ruled over by Steinhauer.

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Euro Crime

Above average
Reviewed by Lynn Harvey on Apr 01 2012

It is gripping and assured writing. The plot is labyrinthine and one that you might do well to mark out with a ball of string or a breadcrumb trail in order to make sure you hang onto the whos and the whys because the book also has a huge cast of characters.

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Chris East

Good
Reviewed by Chris East on Apr 05 2012

Nobody writes the complexities of the spy game quite like Steinhauer, layers upon layers upon layers, and this trilogy has definitely propelled him to the top of my A list.

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Scott Asher

Good
Reviewed by Scott Asher on Mar 26 2012

A great thriller. Highly recommend!

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