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The Nearest Exit

by Olen Steinhauer

St. Martin's Press | June 6, 2011 | Hardcover

The Nearest Exit is rated 4 out of 5 by 2.
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.

 

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 416 pages, 3.74 × 2.54 × 0.5 in

Published: June 6, 2011

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0312622872

ISBN - 13: 9780312622879

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from A really good read. I read this right after reading The Tourist and was not disappointed. A good yarn, and really hard to put down. I really like this author, and will look forward to any new books by him. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2012-08-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Addition to the Series Book 2 in the Milo Weaver series The series focuses on the world of espionage and clandestine operations in the post 9-11 era. Although the author has provided some helpful background to jog ones memory and keep the pace moving smoothly reading the prequel “The Tourist” is a must to fully grasp the cleverness behind the plotting. You will soon discover that the novels are more than simple espionage thrillers; they also combine mystery, romance and horror without sacrificing action or suspense. The story begins where “The Tourist” ended. Milo Weaver is fighting to get back into action and regain his good stature with his employer, being a full-fledged “Tourist” (undercover agent) is his only mission in life. Everything goes well in proving his loyalty until he is assigned an unbelievable request: kidnap and murder a 15 year old girl. He kidnaps the girl but hesitates at murder thus leaving him in a dangerous position. Caught between his conscience and the orders of his powerful boss, Milo finds himself haunted by his profession, a world where truth and trust are but a blur. He is plunged into a maze of lies that takes him on an action packed roller-coaster ride till the end….He needs help…. The complex central plot is embedded in a twisted mesh of sub-plots, a Pandora’s Box of deceit and manipulation brilliantly conceived. “Tourists” are programmed to follow orders without question but Milo needs to know the deep routed reason behind his boss’s request. He turns to his father, another powerful man for help and together they arrange a solution, a deception that is beyond belief.….The mystery deepens when Milo senses he is being shadowed….all this makes for an exciting adventure full of intrigue and international espionage…. The brisk pacing and sharp dialogue enhance the plotting and paint a vivid picture of the underworld of espionage. The numerous characters are well represented, very motivated and task driven but run of the mill stereotyping sneaks in at times. The story becomes a tad challenging as it follows the different points of view of its characters back and forth in time, but is well worth the effort. This sequel is a great addition to Milo’s escapades.
Date published: 2011-03-01

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The Nearest Exit

by Olen Steinhauer

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 416 pages, 3.74 × 2.54 × 0.5 in

Published: June 6, 2011

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0312622872

ISBN - 13: 9780312622879

About the Book

Milo Weaver has nowhere to turn but back to the CIA in Steinhauer's brilliantfollow-up to the "New York Times" bestselling espionage novel, "The Tourist."

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THE NEAREST EXIT (CHAPTER 1) He felt that if he could put a name to it, he could control it. Transgressive association? That had the right sound, but it was too clinical to give him a handle on it. Perhaps the medical label didn''t matter anyway. The only thing that mattered was the effect it had on him, and on his job. The simplest things could trigger it--a bar of music, a face, some small Swiss dog crapping on the sidewalk, or the smell of automobile exhaust. Never children, though, which was strange even to him. Only the indirect fragments of his earlier life gave him that punch in the gut, and when he found himself in a freezing Zürich phone booth calling Brooklyn, he wasn''t even sure what had triggered it. All he knew was that he had lucked out: No one answered. An early breakfast somewhere, perhaps. Then the machine picked up. Their two voices: a minor cacophony of female tones, laughing, asking him to please leave a message. He hung up. No matter the name, it was a dangerous impulse. On its own, it was nothing. An impulsive--maybe compulsive--call to a home that''s no longer home, on a gray Sunday afternoon, is fine. When he peered through the booth''s scratched glass at the idling white van on Bellerivestrasse, however, the danger became apparent. Three men waited inside that van, wondering why he''d asked them to stop here, when they were on their way to rob an art museum. Some might not even think to ask the question, because when life moves so quickly lookin
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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 the Author

Olen Steinhauer is the author of the bestselling Milo Weaver series, including The Tourist, and a series of widely acclaimed Eastern European crime novels, which include The Bridge of Sighs, The Confession, 36 Yalta Boulevard, Liberation Movements, and Victory Square. He 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. Raised in Virginia, Steinhauer lives with his family in Budapest, Hungary.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for The Tourist “Here’s the best spy novel I’ve ever read that wasn’t written by John le Carré… It’s a complex story of betrayal anchored by a protagonist who’s as winning as he is wily.” --Stephen King, Entertainment Weekly “Smart… He excels when the focus is on Weaver, an intriguing, damaged man yearning to break free of his dark profession.” -- People “Remember John le Carré… when he wrote about beaten-down, morally directionless spies? In other words, when he was good? That''s how Olen Steinhauer writes in this tale of a world-weary spook who can''t escape the old game.” -- Time “Elaborately engineered… As for Mr. Steinhauer, the two-time Edgar Award nominee who can be legitimately mentioned alongside of John le Carré, he displays a high degree of what Mr. le Carré’s characters like to call tradecraft. If he’s as smart as The Tourist makes him sound, he’ll bring back Milo Weaver for a curtain call.” -- The New York Times “Tour de force… First-rate popular fiction… The Tourist is serious entertainment.” -- Washington Post “ The Tourist should be savored now. As rich and intriguing as the best of le Carré, Deighton or Graham Greene, Steinhauer''s complex, moving spy novel is perfect for our uncertain, emotionally fraught times.” -- Los Angeles Times “As in the best of le Carré''
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