Milo Weaver used to be a tourist for the CIAan undercover agent with no home, no identitybut hes since retired from the field to become a middle-level manager at the CIAs New York headquarters. Hes acquired a wife, a daughter, and a brownstone in Brooklyn, and hes 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 Milos oldest colleagues and exposes new layers of intrigue in his old cases, he has no choice but to go back undercover and find out whos 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 genres luminaries: Len Deighton, Graham Greene, and John LeCarré.
The Tourist is fast, slick, and gratifying... Though violations of rudimentary spycraft will drive some readers crazy, sometimes a story is so good at granting you an alternative look at your own world that you tug and pull to make it fit just right. (Reviewed by Amy Reading).
The Washington Post
[S]erious entertainment that raises interesting questions.
The Los Angeles Times
As rich and intriguing as the best of Le Carré, Deighton or Graham Greene, Steinhauer's complex, moving spy novel is perfect for our uncertain, emotionally fraught times.
The New York Times
Mr. Steinhauer, the two-time Edgar Award nominee who can be legitimately mentioned alongside John le Carré... displays a high degree of what Mr. le Carré’s characters like to call tradecraft. If he’s as smart as The Tourist makes him sound, he’ll bring back Milo Weaver for a curtain call.
Starred Review. While plenty of breathtaking scenes ... bolster the heart-stopping action, the real story is the soul-crushing toil the job inflicts on a person who can't trust anyone, whose life is a lie fueled by paranoia.
Starred Review. 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.
Starred Review. Highly recommended for all public libraries.
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.
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.
Nelson DeMille 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.
Recent Reader Reviews
Rated of 5
by pidster Solid Read Story well constructed and an enjoyable read. The plot runs well until approaching the end, then it gets a bit shallow and runs out of steam.
My impression of the conclusion is an attempt at a Le'Carresk ...In From the Cold lit, but came off... Read More
Rated of 5
by Lupoman The Tourist "The Tourist" is a great read. This spy thriller has many twists and turns and a few surprises to keep the reader off-balanced. The writing style is similar to Robert Ludlum's best works. The bottom line? If you love Ludlum, then you will embrace... Read More
Representing the Clandestine
If Tourism, Olen Steinhauer's invented black-ops division within the CIA, were
real, what would its insignia look like? Trevor Paglen has documented seventy-five
shoulder patches designed for United States covert agencies in his book, I
Could Tell You but Then You Would Have to Be Destroyed by Me. (The title
is a translation from Latin of the patch for the Navy Air Test and Evaluation
Squadron 4, at Point Mugu in California).
He submitted hundreds of Freedom of
Information requests for the images, then decoded their heraldry and iconography
by interviewing military men and women. If, for instance, you see a patch with
five stars on top and one star on the bottom, you know it has something to do
with the notorious Area 51, the secretive military base where spy aircraft and
weaponry are tested and aliens supposedly held in captivity.
The idea of insignia
for a secret mission seems...
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