Dimensions: 400 pages, 3.76 × 2.56 × 0.5 in
Published: February 21, 2014
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0312622899
ISBN - 13: 9780312622893
About the Book
Milo Weaver, "New York Times" bestseller Steinhauer's reluctant spy, is unwillingly drawn into his bosses' plans for revenge against the Chinese agent who orchestrated the deaths of 33 tourists. Steinhauer, the best espionage writer in a generation, delivers a searing, unputdownable international thriller that will settle once and for all who is pulling the strings and who is being played.
Read from the Book
AN AMERICAN SPY (CHAPTER 1) The time Xin Zhu spent trying to be unheard could have added up to an entire life. Hours driving extra laps through a city, watching the rearview; accumulated minutes gazing into street-window reflections and standing in queues for bread or soup he didn’t even want because his stomach was in knots. Sitting behind desks, thinking through cover stories and diversions and wondering how long ago his office was last scoured for bugs. Visits to cemeteries and bars and churches and empty warehouses and parking garages, only to find that his date wasn’t going to show up. Meals lost sitting for hours in dark rooms, in airports and train stations and wet public squares, waiting. Then today, driving the dull hour and a half from Beijing to Nankai along the G020, ditching his ten-year-old Audi and taking a taxi to the train station in tree-lined Xiqing. Waiting on the platform until the Qingdao train started to roll before heaving his large body and small gray overnight bag onto the last car. Hovering in the doorway as the station passed, watching for latecomers. All this, even though this same train began life in south Beijing, not so far from where his journey began. All this, just to meet someone who, like him, lived and worked in Beijing. The story, which his assistant could be depended on to proliferate, was that Xin Zhu was on a weekend trip to Shanghai to gain 665 miles of perspective and consider his dwindling options. By the time the maste
From the Publisher
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.
About the Author
OLEN STEINHAUER is the New York Times bestselling
author of seven novels, most recently The Nearest Exit. He
is also a two-time Edgar Award finalist and has been shortlisted
for the Anthony, the Macavity, the Ellis Peters Historical Dagger,
the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger, and the Barry awards. Raised in
Virginia, he lives in California.
Praise for An American Spy “Stunning. . .Readers are irresistibly drawn into Weaver''s dogged struggle to unravel a complicated game of cat and mouse. . .Steinhauer is at the top of his game—but when isn''t he?" — USA Today “The action is lickety-split and spiked with exceedingly satisfying spy craft.” — The New York Times “Not since Le Carre has a writer so vividly evoked the multilayered, multifaceted, deeply paranoid world of espionage, in which identities and allegiances are malleable and ever shifting, the mirrors of loyalty and betrayal reflecting one another to infinity. In this intensely clever, sometimes baffling book, it’s never quite clear who is manipulating whom, and which side is up." — The New York Times Book Review “This ambitious, complex story spans the globe. Even when the intricacies of its plot are most challenging, we are fascinated and swept forward. Steinhauer has been likened to John le Carre and rightly so. Both men carry readers deep into a rival spy agency, one Soviet, one Chinese. . .Zhu may in time be to Weaver what the Soviet spymaster Karla was to le Carre’s George Smiley. Olen Steinhauer’s Milo Weaver novels are must-reads for lovers of the genre.” — The Washington Post Praise for The Nearest Exit “ The Nearest Exit [is] a terrific second installment in Olen Steinhauer’s ‘Tourist’ spy series about Milo Weaver, a brooding CIA operative wi