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The Tourist

Olen Steinhauer, Author
Olen Steinhauer, Author St. Martin's Minotaur $24.95 (408p) ISBN 978-0-312-36972-9
Reviewed on: 12/15/2008
Release date: 03/01/2009

Edgar-finalist Steinhauer takes a break from his crime series set in an unnamed Eastern European country under Communist rule (Liberation Movements , etc.) to deliver an outstanding stand-alone, a contemporary spy thriller. Milo Weaver used to be a “tourist,” one of the CIA's special field agents without a home or a name. Six years after leaving that career, Milo has found a certain amount of satisfaction as a husband and a father and with a desk job at the CIA's New York headquarters. The arrest of an international hit man and a meeting with a former colleague yank Milo back into his old role, from which retirement is never really possible. While plenty of breathtaking scenes in the world's most beautiful places bolster the heart-stopping action, the real story is the soul-crushing toil the job inflicts on a person who can't trust anyone, whose life is a lie fueled by paranoia. George Clooney's company has bought the film rights with the actor slated to star and produce. 100,000 first printing; author tour. (Mar.)

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