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.
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 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.”
Edgar-finalist Steinhauer takes a break from his crime series set in an unnamed Eastern European country under Communist rule (