The Nearest Exit

The Nearest Exit

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By (author) Olen Steinhauer

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  • Publisher: Corvus
  • Format: Paperback | 496 pages
  • Dimensions: 129mm x 198mm x 37mm | 457g
  • Publication date: 1 March 2011
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1848876017
  • ISBN 13: 9781848876019
  • Sales rank: 89,527

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'The first rule of Tourism is not to let it ruin you. Because it can. Easily.' The Department of Tourism is an ultra-secret black-ops branch rumoured to carry out the CIA's dirtiest and deadliest work. Most agents don't even believe it exists. Milo Weaver knows otherwise. Trained to kill cleanly and keep moving, he is a Tourist that understands the rules. Don't ask questions. Don't form attachments. Don't look back. But Milo is the only Tourist with a daughter. When he is told to assassinate a teenage girl, his commitment to the cause starts to crumble - and for the first time, he disobeys his orders. The consequences pull him down into a complex world of clandestine government warfare, but Milo's own battle is with his conscience. When a security breach threatens the very existence of Tourism, will he choose to save his job, his family, or himself?

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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" should take its place among the best of the spy thrillers."--"Associated Press"""The Nearest Exit", a terrific second installment in Olen Steinhauer's 'Tourist' spy series about Milo Weaver . . . [His] company is at least as valuable to the series' appeal as is his flair for international trickery."--Janet Maslin, "The New York Times""[Steinhauer's] descriptions of European cities and their residents are full of life. But 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."--"Los Angeles Times"""The Nearest Exit", Steinhauer's follow-up novel, reprises the themes of "The Tourist" with even more success. . . . Like le Carre's George Smiley, Weaver is a richly imagined creation with a scarred psyche and a complex backstory that elevates him above the status of run-of-the-mill world-weary spook."--"The New York Times Book Review"