The Tourist

By Olen Steinhauer
(Minotaur Books, Hardcover, 9780312369729, 416pp.)

Publication Date: March 3, 2009

Other Editions of This Title: Paperback, Mass Market Paperback, Compact Disc

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Summer '10 Reading Group List
“The classic spy novel is back! Only this time undercover agents are called 'Tourists,' and Milo Weaver has been called back into the game and asked to track a dangerous killer. This is espionage at its best with all the twists and turns you'd expect, a 'can't put it down' pace, and an ending that knocks your socks off. Steinhauer has crafted an enticing modern-day spy novel with such a surprising plot we find ourselves wondering at the end just who the proverbial 'good guys' really are!”
-- Barbara Drake, White Birch Books, North Conway, NH
Selected by Indie Booksellers for the March 2009 Indie Next List
“Milo Weaver was once a 'tourist' (aka an undercover agent) for the CIA. After retiring and marrying -- and trying to settle into his new life -- the past resurfaces with the arrest of a wanted assassin, and Milo is drawn back into his old life as a tourist. Full of intrigue and betrayal, this is a first-rate, fast-paced thriller.”
-- Sue Richardson, Maine Coast Book Shop, Inc., Damariscotta


Description

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

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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