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The Tourist

by Olen Steinhauer

The Tourist
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  • First Published:
    Mar 2009, 416 pages
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    Feb 2010, 416 pages

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Fast, slick, and gratifying, each short chapter like an episode of Lost or 24

You can tell everything you need to know about The Tourist in the first twenty pages. A body, a CIA agent, and a suitcase full of cash go missing in the first chapter. By the third chapter, Milo Weaver, spy extraordinaire, has uncovered all three, and has also caught the scent of the deeper conspiracy that prompted their disappearance. The Tourist is fast, slick, and gratifying, each short chapter like an episode of "Lost" or "24."

Weaver is a Tourist, a black-ops agent who "float[s] unmoored from city to city, engaged by transatlantic phone calls from a man he hasn't seen in two years." In the post-9/11 era, his role is not to burrow under geopolitical walls to undermine an opponent's power, but rather to flit across the globe committing precise, unseen deeds that force governments to act in the United States' interest. Weaver's seemingly disparate missions connect him to ...

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