An American Spy

An American Spy


By (author) Olen Steinhauer

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  • Publisher: Corvus
  • Format: Hardback | 384 pages
  • Dimensions: 156mm x 234mm x 34mm | 675g
  • Publication date: 13 March 2012
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1848876025
  • ISBN 13: 9781848876026
  • Sales rank: 893,839

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"Milo Weaver is still haunted by his last job. As an expert assassin for the Department of Tourism, an ultra-secret group of super-spooks buried deep in the corridors of the CIA, he fought to keep himself sane in a paranoid and amoral profession. Now, the Department has been destroyed, and with it Weaver's livelihood. Finally he can spend time with his family - without constantly looking over his shoulder and fixing one eye on the exits. Weaver's former boss is not so settled. For Alan Drummond, Tourism was everything. Now, all he wants is to take revenge on the Chinese spymaster that exploded their operations from within. Weaver tries to persuade him to leave sleeping cells lie, but when Drummond disappears from a London hotel room after a serpentine journey through the world's cities, Weaver is sucked back down into his old life. Investigating Drummond's intentions in London throws up more questions than answers. Why was an ex-Tourist in his hotel room that night? Why is homeland security suddenly asking questions? And how are the Chinese connected? Soon, Weaver is sifting through what secrets, lies and misinformation he can extract from the sources he still has on the ground. If his time as a Tourist has taught him anything, it's that nothing and no-one can be trusted - even within the CIA itself..."

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Author information

Olen Steinhauer was born in America and has lived in Croatia, the Czech Republic and Italy. He also spent a year in Romania on a Fulbright grant, an experience that helped inspire his first five books. He has now settled in Hungary with his wife and daughter. His first book, The Bridge of Sighs, was nominated for five major thriller awards.

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Praise for "The Nearest Exit"""The Nearest Exit" [is] a terrific second installment in Olen Steinhauer's 'Tourist' spy series about Milo Weaver, a brooding CIA operative with all the right lone-wolf tendencies. . . . Milo's company is at least as valuable to the series' appeal as is his flair for international trickery."---Janet Maslin, "The New York Times" (Notable Book of 2010)"Weaver is the novel's gem. . . . In many ways this is a classic spy novel, but it's Weaver's angst that lifts the book to a compelling level of freshness."---"USA Today""Steinhauer delivers another winner in "The Nearest Exit", a spy novel that asks deeper questions about the price we extract from individuals in the pursuit of the so-called greater good and the innocents who become collateral damage. It's a subject as relevant to a spy within the CIA as it is to any of us: That's a point that---through the prism of Milo's humanity and the dangerous web in which he finds himself enmeshed---Steinhauer makes abundantly and thrillingly clear.""---Los Angeles Times"Praise for "The Tourist""Here's the best spy novel I've ever read that wasn't written by John le Carre. . . . It's a complex story of betrayal anchored by a protagonist who's as winning as he is wily."---Stephen King, "Entertainment Weekly""Remember John le Carre . . . 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""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)