The Tourist by Olen Steinhauer

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Milo Weaver used to be a "tourist" for the CIA--an undercover agent with no home, no identity--but he's since retired from the field to become a middle-level manager at the CIA's New York headquarters. He's acquired a wife, a daughter, and a brownstone in Brooklyn, and he's tried to leave his old life of secrets and lies behind. However, when the arrest of a long-sought-after assassin sets off an investigation into one of Milo's oldest colleagues and exposes new layers of intrigue in his old cases, he has no choice but to go back undercover and find out who's holding the strings once and for all.


In The Tourist, Olen Steinhauer---twice nominated for an Edgar Award---tackles an intricate story of betrayal and manipulation, loyalty and risk in an utterly compelling novel that is both thoroughly modern and yet also reminiscent of the espionage genre's luminaries: Len Deighton, Graham Greene, and John LeCarré.

 

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 April 1, 2009 by Center Point Large Print. 576 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In his latest thriller, Steinhauer (Victory Square, 2007, etc.) ventures into the darkest corners of the CIA and finds the place full of antiheroes.

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Publishers Weekly

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Edgar-finalist Steinhauer takes a break from his crime series set in an unnamed Eastern European country under Communist rule (Liberation Movements , etc.) to del

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The New York Times

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Olen Steinhauer’s spy novel stars a secret agent from Park Slope, Brooklyn, and throws readers into the same kind of uncertainty its protagonist faces at every turn.

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The New York Times

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Olen Steinhauer’s protagonist, a C.I.A. operative who longs to get out of the game, puts his family at risk when he is coerced into one last mission.

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Book Reporter

Returning to New York, Weaver.

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Los Angeles Times

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It was a pleasure to watch events unfold and Olen Steinhauer's skills evolve over the five-novel series he set in an unnamed Soviet bloc nation -- from the police procedural "The Bridge of Sighs" (2003), in which the idealistic cops of the First District Militia Station are introduced, through th...

Mar 07 2009 | Read Full Review of The Tourist

The Washington Post

The publisher reports that "The Tourist" is the first of three novels focused on the post-9/11 world -- and that George Clooney has bought its film rights.

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Open Letters Monthly

You can change your name, change your job description—you can even become a bourgeois family man, Milo.

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People

In Steinhauer's smart spy novel, covert agent Milo Weaver has retired from his life as a "Tourist" (a cold-blooded CIA fixer) and now works a desk job for "the Company," a secret arm of the CIA.

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The number of betrayals on a global scale is astonishing—high level agents whose agendas are more personal than national, agents who work as double agents, agents who sell out each other within the department, and trained agents who leave their organizations to assume new identities and freelance...

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January Magazine

Before this yarn has executed its final twist, Weaver learns he is being swept back into those terrible events of 2001, when he believed his life as a tourist was over.

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The publicity put Steinhauer in the pantheon of great spy thriller writers like Le Carre, Deighton, Graham Green, etc.

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