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
Praise for The Tourist
“The best spy novel I’ve ever read that wasn’t written by John le Carré.”
—Stephen King, Entertainment Weekly
“The kind of principled hero we long to believe still exists in fiction, if not in life.”
—The New York Times Book Review (Editors’ Choice)
“As rich and intriguing as the best of le Carré, Deighton or Graham Greene . . . The Tourist should be savored.”
—Los Angeles Times
“Tour de force . . . First-rate popular fiction . . . The Tourist is serious entertainment that raises interesting questions.”
—The Washington Post
"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.”
Edgar-finalist Steinhauer takes a break from his crime series set in an unnamed Eastern European country under Communist rule (