Faced with the potential dissolution of his marriage and the end of his quiet, settled life, reluctant spy Milo Weaver has no choice but to return to his old job as a “tourist” for the CIA. But before he can get back to the dirty work of espionage, he has to prove his worth to his new bosses. Armed with a stack of false identities, Milo heads back to Europe, and for nearly three months every assignment is executed perfectly. Then he’s instructed to kill the fifteen-year-old daughter of Moldovan immigrants, and make the body disappear. No questions. For Milo, it’s an impossible task, but ignoring his handlers is equally untenable. Suddenly he’s in a dangerous position, caught between right and wrong, between powerful self-interested foes, between patriots and traitors—especially now that he has nothing left to lose.
He felt that if he could put a name to it, he could control it. Transgressive association? That had the right sound, but it was too clinical to give him a handle on it. Perhaps the medical label didn't matter anyway. The only thing that mattered was the effect it had on him, and on his job.
The simplest things could trigger it--a bar of music, a face, some small Swiss dog crapping on the sidewalk, or the smell of automobile exhaust. Never children, though, which was strange even to him. Only the indirect fragments of his earlier life gave him that punch in the
Listen to this audiobook excerpt from Olen Steinhauer's thriller novel The Nearest Exit, narrated by David Pittu. Milo Weaver has nowhere to turn but back to the CIA in Steinhauer's brilliant follow-up to the New York Times bestselling espionage novel The Tourist. Faced with the end of his quiet, settled life, reluctant spy Milo Weaver has no choice but to turn back to his old job as a "tourist." Before he can get back to the CIA's dirty work, he has to prove his loyalty to his new bosses, who know little o
Praise for The Nearest Exit
“The Nearest Exit should take its place among the best of the spy thrillers.”
“The Nearest Exit, a terrific second installment in Olen Steinhauer’s ‘Tourist’ spy series about Milo Weaver . . . [His] company is at least as valuable to the series’ appeal as is his flair for international trickery.”
—Janet Maslin, The New York Times
“[Steinhauer’s] descriptions of European cities and their residents are full of life. But Weaver is the novel’s gem. . . . In many ways, this is a classic spy novel, but it’s Weaver’s angst that lifts the book to a compelling level of freshness.”
“Steinhauer delivers another winner in The Nearest Exit, a spy novel that asks deeper questions about the price we extract from individuals in the pursuit of the so-called greater good.”
—Los Angeles Times
“The Nearest Exit, Steinhauer’s follow-up novel, reprises the themes of The Tourist with even more success. . . . Like le Carré’s George Smiley, Weaver is a richly imagined creation with a scarred psyche and a complex backstory that elevates him above the status of run-of-the-mill world-weary spook.”
—The New York Times Book Review