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The Tourist [Paperback]

Olen Steinhauer
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June 7 2011

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.

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.


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Praise for 'The Tourist': 'A spy novel for our times... fascinating and exciting' Literary Review 'A first class spy novel - wry, intelligent, layered... the kind of thing John le Carre might have written if he knew then what we know now' Lee Child 'Relentless action and memorable characters ... a gripping and hugely entertaining read' Mark Mills (author of 'The Savage Garden') 'Smart... excels when the focus is on Weaver, an intriguing, damaged man yearning to break free of his dark profession' People 'Utterly credible...Steinhauer, the two-time Edgar Award nominee who can be legitimately mentioned alongside John le Carre, displays a high degree of what Mr. le Carre'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' New York Times '[A] scathing portrait of the CIA... Steinhauer seems to know the world of spies and assassins all too well... it feels real... 'The Tourist' is serious entertainment that raises interesting questions' Washington Post '"The Tourist" should be savored... As rich and intriguing as the best of Le Carre, Deighton or Graham Greene, Steinhauer's complex, moving spy novel is perfect for our uncertain, emotionally fraught times' LA Times 'Intelligent, evocative, and nuanced' Seattle Times 'Remember John Le Carre... when he was good? That's how Olen Steinhauer writes' Time 'Compelling and hard to put down. ...[Steinhauer is] superbly accomplished at both plotting and characterization' Library Journal 'Outstanding... heart-stopping action' Publisher's Weekly --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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
5.0 out of 5 stars First Rate Aug. 20 2010
By Toni Osborne TOP 100 REVIEWER
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
5.0 out of 5 stars The Tourist 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Pleasure April 28 2011
By Samantha TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! 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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1.0 out of 5 stars Boring May 21 2014
By Niks
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!! March 17 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
fabulous twists and turns and the ending totally surprised me! Can't wait to start the next book in the series.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A relaxing read Feb. 2 2014
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I enjoyed this book, although I doubt it will hit the best seller list. In my opinion, it was a little too far
fetched. The relationships between adversaries and friends struck me as totally unbelievable, I just can't see two enemy spies enjoying a cup of tea together. Further, I enjoy a mystery where we are given the occasional hint so we can venture a guess as to where the story is taking us. guessing the outcome of this book was totally impossible.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What does the book say about hope?
I have to confess that I never heard of Olen Steinhauer. I was just using the OverDrive APP to search my local library and selected this audio book as the next available. Read more
Published 8 months ago by bernie
4.0 out of 5 stars A thinking mans spy novel
This is a throwback to spy novels of the past which kept you guessing on who was responsible for what. Veery enjoyable and hard to put down.
Published 13 months ago by Milan Stevulak
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Book By Olen Steinhauer
Great Book loved this story and how it was written Olen Steinhauer is the 2012 and on Robert Ludlum! look forward to his new books:)))
Published 18 months ago by Endre Barath,Jr.
4.0 out of 5 stars A page turner
This book is the first in a series and I have not read the sequels. I finished half the book in an afternoon and limited myself to a chapter a day because I wanted to prolong my... Read more
Published 19 months ago by E1f
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read from the first paragraph to the last.
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... Read more
Published on Feb. 12 2011 by Len
5.0 out of 5 stars The Tourist, - a slow start, but worth the wait
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,... Read more
Published on Nov. 20 2010 by willieb
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