The Tourist (MP3 CD)
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“The classic spy novel is back! Only this time undercover agents are called 'Tourists,' and Milo Weaver has been called back into the game and asked to track a dangerous killer. This is espionage at its best with all the twists and turns you'd expect, a 'can't put it down' pace, and an ending that knocks your socks off. Steinhauer has crafted an enticing modern-day spy novel with such a surprising plot we find ourselves wondering at the end just who the proverbial 'good guys' really are!”
— Barbara Drake, White Birch Books, North Conway, NH
March 2009 Indie Next List
“Milo Weaver was once a 'tourist' (aka an undercover agent) for the CIA. After retiring and marrying -- and trying to settle into his new life -- the past resurfaces with the arrest of a wanted assassin, and Milo is drawn back into his old life as a tourist. Full of intrigue and betrayal, this is a first-rate, fast-paced thriller.”
— Sue Richardson, Maine Coast Book Shop, Inc., Damariscotta, ME
"There are tourists from all over the world. Most of them want to kill you."--The Black Book of Tourism In this contemporary international thriller that is reminiscent of John le Carre and Graham Greene, 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. Soon Milo is drawn into a conspiracy that links riots in the Sudan, an assassin committing suicide, and an old friend who's been accused of selling secrets to the Chinese. With new layers of intrigue being exposed in his old cases, and with the CIA and Homeland Security after him, 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.