416 pages, 3.78 × 2.56 × 0.55 in
October 27, 2010
St. Martin's Press
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0312369727
ISBN - 13: 9780312369729
Read from the Book
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 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
From the Publisher
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.
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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“Every now and then a writer of thrillers or mysteries emerges who deserves to be compared with the best.”