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The Tourist

The Tourist

A Novel

Milo Weaver (Volume 1)

Olen Steinhauer

Minotaur Books


In The Tourist, Olen Steinhauer—twice nominated for the 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 most touted luminaries.

“Here’s the best spy novel I’ve ever read that wasn’t written by John le Carré.” —Stephen King, Entertainment Weekly

In Olen Steinhauer's explosive New York Times bestseller, Milo Weaver has tried to leave his old life of secrets and lies behind by giving up his job as a "tourist" for the CIA—an undercover agent with no home, no identity—and working a desk at the CIA's New York headquarters. But staying retired from the field becomes impossible when the arrest of a long-sought-after assassin sets off an investigation into one of Milo's oldest colleagues and friends. With new layers of intrigue being exposed in his old cases, he has no choice but to go back undercover and find out who's been pulling the strings once and for all.

*BONUS CONTENT: This edition of The Tourist includes a new introduction from the author and a discussion guide

An Introduction from the Author

The idea of a Tourist as a kind of intelligence agent sprang out of my own lifestyle in 2007. I’d never been a spy, committed murder, or smuggled state secrets across borders, but for the previous six...

Praise for The Tourist

“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 


In the Press

Edgar-finalist Steinhauer takes a break from his crime series set in an unnamed Eastern European country under Communist rule (Liberation Movements , etc.) to del - Publishers Weekly

Reviews from Goodreads

Olen Steinhauer

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.

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