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The Tourist

by Olen Steinhauer

St. Martin's Press | October 27, 2010 | Hardcover

The Tourist is rated 5 out of 5 by 2.

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.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 416 pages, 3.78 × 2.56 × 0.55 in

Published: October 27, 2010

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0312369727

ISBN - 13: 9780312369729

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great!!!! Olen Steinhauer was a new author to me - and I am so glad that I found him! A great read - couldn't put it down. Went and bought more of his books I was so impressed.
Date published: 2012-08-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from First Rate Book 1 in the trilogy staring Milo Weaver This seemingly realistic thriller is a first rate fiction , a tale of the nasty and deceitful world of spies and assassins. Milo Weaver aka Charles Alexander is one of the CIA’s highly skilled assassins, in the trade they are known as ”Tourists”. When deployed to various corners of the world, their missions are to be executed without question. The story opens in 2001 with Milo at a low point in his life. Being a “Tourist” for several years has taken its toll….. his only escape at this point is amphetamines and they are leaving him in a suicidal state. A new mission in Venice to stop the hit man known as “The Tiger” gives him a whole new look at life…… The story flashes forward to 2007. Now a married man with a child, away from active duty and bored at his desk job Milo finds himself longing for the excitement and the adrenalin rush of his old job….Once a spook always a spook…. Milo is reinvigorated when he is summoned to the side of the “Tiger” for a death bed conversation.… The man’s confessions send Milo off once again on a chilling path into the world of international conspiracies. This novel is a modern twist of the old days of espionage, a compelling and intricate account of betrayal, manipulation, loyalty and risk. Its central figure is a complicated man with many faults and flaws, but when faced with extraordinary situations he excels. Throughout the novel you will find plenty of breathtaking scenes and heart stopping action. I enjoyed piecing together the various parts of this very entertaining puzzle and would not hesitate recommending it to anyone.
Date published: 2010-08-20

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The Tourist

by Olen Steinhauer

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 416 pages, 3.78 × 2.56 × 0.55 in

Published: October 27, 2010

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0312369727

ISBN - 13: 9780312369729

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The TOURIST OLEN STEINHAUER   The END of TOURISM MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, TO TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2001   Four hours after his failed suicide attempt, he descended toward Aerodrom Ljubljana. A tone sounded, and above his head the seat belt sign glowed. Beside him, a Swiss businesswoman buckled her belt and gazed out the window at the clear Slovenian sky—all it had taken was one initial rebuff to convince her that the twitching American she’d been seated next to had no interest in conversation.  The American closed his eyes, thinking about the morning’s failure in Amsterdam—gunfi re, shattering glass and splintered wood, sirens.  If suicide is sin, he thought, then what is it to someone who doesn’t believe in sin? What is it then? An abomination of nature? Probably, because the one immutable law of nature is to continue existing. Witness: weeds, cockroaches, ants, and pigeons. All of nature’s creatures work to a single, unifi ed purpose: to stay alive. It’s the one indisputable theory of everything. He’d dwelled on suicide so much over the last months, had examined the act from so many angles, that it had lost its punch. The     infinitive clause “to commit suicide” was no more tragic than “to eat breakfast” or “to sit,” and the desire to snuff himself was often as strong as his desire “to sleep.” Sometimes it was a passive urge—drive reck
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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 the Author

Olen Steinhauer is the author of the bestselling Milo Weaver series, including The Nearest Exit, 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 and Olen Steinhauer

“Steinhauer manages to push the genre’s darker aspects to the extreme . . . without sacrificing the propulsive forward momentum. . . . [Weaver] is the perfect hero for such a richly nuanced tale.”
---Booklist (starred review)

“Superbly accomplished at both plotting and characterization . . . compelling and hard to put down . . . highly recommended.”
---Library Journal (starred review)

“A first-class spy novel---wry, intelligent, layered . . . the kind of thing John le Carré might have written if he knew then what we know now.”
---Lee Child

“The Tourist is an absolutely superb contemporary espionage novel in the great tradition of the old masters of the genre. Olen Steinhauer is a wonderful storyteller who is smart, observant, and witty. The Tourist has what it take to become a classic.”
---Nelson DeMille

“Olen Steinhauer’s The Tourist is a complex, fast-paced spy novel populated by dozens of striking characters, each with an unexpected, shifting place in the puzzle.”
---Thomas Perry

“Every now and then a writer of thrillers or mysteries emerges who deserves to be compared with the best.”
---Chicago Tribune

 

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