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The Tourist

by Olen Steinhauer

St. Martin's Press | August 28, 2012 | Trade Paperback |

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THE TOURIST

OLEN STEINHAUER

Milo Weaver has tried to leave his old life of secrets and lies behind by giving up his job as a "tourist" for the CIA-an undercover agent with no home, no identity. Now he's working a desk at the agency's New York headquarters. But when the arrest of a long-sought-after assassin sets off an investigation into a colleague, exposing new layers of intrigue in his old cases, he has no choice but to go back undercover and find out who's been behind it allfrom the very beginning.

 

 

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 576 Pages, 3.94 × 7.48 × 1.18 in

Published: August 28, 2012

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1250018412

ISBN - 13: 9781250018410

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The Tourist

by Olen Steinhauer

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 576 Pages, 3.94 × 7.48 × 1.18 in

Published: August 28, 2012

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1250018412

ISBN - 13: 9781250018410

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THE TOURIST (CHAPTER 1) 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--gunfire, 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, unified 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 recklessly without a seat belt; walk blindly into a busy street--though more frequently these days he was urged to take responsibility for his own death. "The Bigger Voice," his mother would have called it: There''s the knife
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THE TOURIST

OLEN STEINHAUER

Milo Weaver has tried to leave his old life of secrets and lies behind by giving up his job as a "tourist" for the CIA-an undercover agent with no home, no identity. Now he's working a desk at the agency's New York headquarters. But when the arrest of a long-sought-after assassin sets off an investigation into a colleague, exposing new layers of intrigue in his old cases, he has no choice but to go back undercover and find out who's been behind it allfrom the very beginning.

 

 

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A New York Times Notable Book of the Year

"The Tourist should be savored…

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

Milo Weaver has tried to leave his old life of secrets and lies behind by giving up his job as a "tourist" for the CIA-an undercover agent with no home, no identity. Now he's working a desk at the agency's New York headquarters. But when the arrest of a long-sought-after assassin sets off an investigation into a colleague, exposing new layers of intrigue in his old cases, he has no choice but to go back undercover and find out who's been behind it allfrom the very beginning.

"[A] TOUR DE FORCE… First-rate popular fiction…The Tourist is SERIOUS ENTERTAINMENT that raises interesting questions."-Washington Post

"The kind of PRINCIPLED HERO we long to believe still exists in fiction, if not in life."

-The New York Times Book Review (Editor's Choice)

"Elaborately engineered… Mr. Steinhauer, the two-time Edgar Award nominee…can be legitimately mentioned alongside of John le Carré."

-Janet Maslin, The New York Times

"UNRELENTING PARANOIA…AN EXCITING RIDE. "

-The Boston Globe

About the Author

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

Editorial Reviews

“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 “Smart… He excels when the focus is on Weaver an intriguing, damaged man yearning to break free of his dark profession.”— People “Olen Steinhauer evokes the work of spy novel greats like John le Carré with his new novel, The Tourist …As in the best of le Carre''swork, the clandestine world of The Tourist is as much about bureaucrats as it is about black bag ops. Steinhauer has a solid grasp of the espionage world (either that or a fertile imagination) that enlivens his enjoyable story.”— Chicago Sun-Times “Justifiably praised for his novels set in Cold War-era Eastern Europe. The Tourist is contemporary but equally intelligent, evocative, and nuanced.”— Seattle Times “Elaborately engineered… He immerses his reader in the same kind of uncertainty that Milo faces at every turn… As for Mr. Steinhauer, the two-time Edgar Award nominee who can be legitimately mentioned alongside of Johnle 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.”—Janet Maslin,
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