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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; 1 Reprint edition (Feb. 16 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312374879
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312374877
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 2.9 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #18,736 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for The Tourist

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

“The kind of principled hero we long to believe still exists in fiction, if not in life.”
—The New York Times Book Review (Editors’ Choice)

“As rich and intriguing as the best of le Carré, Deighton or Graham Greene . . . The Tourist should be savored.”
—Los Angeles Times

“Tour de force . . . First-rate popular fiction . . . The Tourist is serious entertainment that raises interesting questions.”
—The Washington Post

"Remember John le Carré . . . when he wrote about beaten-down, morally directionless spies? In other words, when he was good? That’s how Olen Steinhauer writes in this tale of a world-weary spook who can’t escape the old game.”
—Time

From the Back Cover

A New York Times Notable Book of the Year

The Tourist should be savored…

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.”

Los Angeles Times

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. Now he’s working a desk at the agency’s New York headquarters. But when the arrest of a long-sought-after assassin sets off an investigation into a colleague, exposing new layers of intrigue in his old cases, he has no choice but to go back undercover and find out who’s been behind it allfrom the very beginning.

“[A] TOUR DE FORCE… First-rate popular fiction…The Tourist is SERIOUS ENTERTAINMENT that raises interesting questions.”—Washington Post

“The kind of PRINCIPLED HERO we long to believe still exists in fiction, if not in life.”

The New York Times Book Review (Editor’s Choice)

“Elaborately engineered… Mr. Steinhauer, the two-time Edgar Award nominee…can be legitimately mentioned alongside of John le Carré.”

—Janet Maslin, The New York Times

“UNRELENTING PARANOIA…AN EXCITING RIDE. “

The Boston Globe

--This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Toni Osborne TOP 100 REVIEWER on Aug. 20 2010
Format: Paperback
Book 1 in the trilogy staring Milo Weaver

This seemingly realistic thriller is a first rate fiction , a tale of the nasty and deceitful world of spies and assassins.

Milo Weaver aka Charles Alexander is one of the CIA's highly skilled assassins, in the trade they are known as "Tourists". When deployed to various corners of the world, their missions are to be executed without question.

The story opens in 2001 with Milo at a low point in his life. Being a "Tourist" for several years has taken its toll..... his only escape at this point is amphetamines and they are leaving him in a suicidal state. A new mission in Venice to stop the hit man known as "The Tiger" gives him a whole new look at life......

The story flashes forward to 2007. Now a married man with a child, away from active duty and bored at his desk job Milo finds himself longing for the excitement and the adrenalin rush of his old job....Once a spook always a spook.... Milo is reinvigorated when he is summoned to the side of the "Tiger" for a death bed conversation.... The man's confessions send Milo off once again on a chilling path into the world of international conspiracies.

This novel is a modern twist of the old days of espionage, a compelling and intricate account of betrayal, manipulation, loyalty and risk. Its central figure is a complicated man with many faults and flaws, but when faced with extraordinary situations he excels. Throughout the novel you will find plenty of breathtaking scenes and heart stopping action. I enjoyed piecing together the various parts of this very entertaining puzzle and would not hesitate recommending it to anyone.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. G. Bruyea on June 9 2009
Format: Hardcover
Terrific book , very well written , great story , complex but somehow easy to follow , hope there will be more in the Milo Weaver series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael K. Jeggo on April 27 2010
Format: Paperback
This was certainly in the LeCarre class, only easier to follow! It was a chapter by chapter 'hit', each one had something important to contribute, not the usual 'spy' fluff. Looking forward to some more Milo!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Samantha TOP 500 REVIEWER on April 28 2011
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Milo Weaver, the tourist (a deep undercover CIA agent) is a fascinating character who inhabits the world of international espionage with full reader engagement. While I was a bit confused at the start, I soon learned to relax about the details because Steinhauer has a genius for untangling intricacies on a need to know basis. It is the best espionage/spy/mystery novel I've read in thirty years, since Gorky Park. Every character is built with a deft hand. Each scene is written with precision. I LOVED IT!
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By Len TOP 100 REVIEWER on Feb. 12 2011
Format: Paperback
A suicidal secret agent shot and in desperate need of medical assistance, uses the last vestiges of energy to contact Venetian emergency services for a pregnant woman who's there with the very man he's been sent to kill. The agent survives to marry the woman whose discomfort he risked his own life to relief. Nevertheless, we're left with a number of questions. Why's the agent suicidal? Who does he work for? How did a pregnant woman happen to lie in the beginning throws of childbirth without only strangers around to help her? The story jumps ahead seven years when our protagonist has changed his identity from Charles Alexander to Milo Weaver. He's successfully escaped the life of an assassin and been given a desk job with the tourist bureau, an arm of the CIA which overseas tourists responsible for performing functions to which the U.S. government can never been seen as having any connection. Unfortunately, the head of tourism needs to eliminate one of their own, a beautiful agent working out of the American embassy in Paris and Milo, being an friend of the woman is seen as the one person who can get close enough to kill her. And so, he's brought back into service and return to a dangerous existence for which he'd come to hate more than death. It's a great read from the first paragraph to the last.
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Format: Paperback
I found the beginning of the book a little difficult to get into.

Once I had got past the first 40 pages or so, it really engaged me, and I found I couldn't put it down, a real page turner.

The characters are well developed, especially of course the main character, Milo Weaver, and I found myself riding an emotional see-saw with his trials and tribulations.

A recommended read for anyone who like mysteries and spy novels.
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By Amazon Customer on May 21 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I was looking for a Robert Ludlum type of action and suspense filled spy story - that is not what I got. This book was boring, nonsensical and poorly written.
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