The Nearest Exit by Olen Steinhauer
(Milo Weaver)

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Milo Weaver has nowhere to turn but back to the CIA in Olen Steinhauer’s brilliant follow-up to the New York Times bestselling espionage novel The Tourist  The Tourist, Steinhauer’s first contemporary novel after his awardwinning historical series, was a runaway hit, spending three weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and garnering rave reviews from critics.

Now faced with the end of his quiet, settled life, reluctant spy Milo Weaver has no choice but to turn back to his old job as a “tourist.” Before he can get back to the CIA’s dirty work, he has to prove his loyalty to his new bosses, who know little of Milo’s background and less about who is really pulling the strings in the government above the Department of Tourism—or in the outside world, which is beginning to believe the legend of its existence. Milo is suddenly in a dangerous position, between right and wrong, between powerful self-interested men, between patriots and traitors—especially as a man who has nothing left to lose.

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
Published May 6, 2010 by Minotaur Books. 413 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Horror, Crime. Fiction

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So there’s Milo, a Milo now with wife and daughter, presumably again ready to kill on command.

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The New York Times

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Weaver traces this strand of the plot to a Hungarian strip club, where he “watched the endless parade of flesh and, though he would soon leave it, hated everything to do with his lousy business.” Like le Carré’s George Smiley, Weaver is a richly imagined creation with a scarred psyche and a co...

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One such game, in Sudan, goes terribly wrong — innocent lives are lost — and the Tourism department makes a particularly brilliant enemy bent on revenge, whose plot will shatter the secret fraternity.

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Book Reporter

If you read THE TOURIST by Olen Steinhauer, then you will want to check out the sequel, THE NEAREST EXIT.

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The Washington Times

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Over lunch earlier this summer, a retired CIA case officer and I talked about the effect of popular culture - books, movies, magazines and the like - on public perceptions of the intelligence community.

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USA Today

The Department of Tourism in Olen Steinhauer's hard-edged spy novel, The Nearest Exit, has nothing to do with helping work-weary nine-to-fivers make the best of their vacation time.Readers discovered in The Tourist, Steinhauer's highly praised 2009 thriller, that the department is a clandestine, ...

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Dallas News

His main character, Milo Weaver, works as an agent for a secret government agency within but not part of the CIA.

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In The Nearest Exit, the second in the series, we find disgraced field agent Milo Weaver dutifully running low-level agency ops as a kind of loyalty test, which he eventually fails when it comes to killing off a 15-year-old immigrant girl in Berlin.

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Milo’s new boss orders to him to vet the statement of a potential defector, who claims that a mole working for the United States government is passing on vital secrets to China.

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And this link goes back all the way to the Company operation in the Sudan, in which Milo was involved and which, for someone, is a catalyst for seeking the ultimate form of revenge, even if it means going through the entire Tourist list one by one, in a shocking and ultimately brilliant turn of e...

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California Literary Review

Stephen King said that Olen Steinhauer’s spy book, The Tourist, is “the best spy novel I’ve ever read that wasn’t written by John le Carré.” Here’s the good news—The Nearest Exit, a continuation of that same story, is no letdown (though the background gained in reading that first book makes the f...

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