The Tourist - Olen Steinhauer

The Tourist

By Olen Steinhauer

  • Release Date: 2009-03-03
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
4 Score: 4 (From 275 Ratings)
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Milo Weaver used to be a “tourist” for the CIA—an undercover agent with no home, no identity—but he’s since retired from the field to become a middle-level manager at the CIA’s New York headquarters. He’s acquired a wife, a daughter, and a brownstone in Brooklyn, and he’s tried to leave his old life of secrets and lies behind. However, when the arrest of a long-sought-after assassin sets off an investigation into one of Milo’s oldest colleagues and exposes new layers of intrigue in his old cases, he has no choice but to go back undercover and find out who’s holding the strings once and for all.

In The Tourist, Olen Steinhauer---twice nominated for an 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 luminaries: Len Deighton, Graham Greene, and John LeCarré.


  • Almost 4 stars.

    By Deacon Dukes
    See the review entitled "The good, the bad and the ugly." Spot on.
  • The Tourist

    By Overwhelmed1234567890
    WoW! What a "ride"! Incredible story and great writing. Really good story and an interesting twist. Mark
  • The Tourist

    By luts
    A little too involved and a little slow at times, but an engaging story.
  • The Tourist

    By John F. K.
    I'd always enjoyed writers like Ludlum, etc., but this tale makes Ludlum look one-dimensional. Here is all the excitement, action, and spy-thrills of traditional espionage novels, but also an added depth of the psychological, the mind game behind the spy game. The plot twists are thinking-person's plot twists, and the plot avoids cliches. What would be the "big reveal" in another novel is just the point when this novel really gets going. This is chess, not Stratego.
  • The Tourist

    By Cara J.
    An excellent read with plenty of plot twists to keep every chapter interesting.
  • The Tourist

    By Gary Schrank
    A thinking persons read. Every turn a direction you didn't expect.
  • Okay

    By Defcon One
    The story is okay. I should have taken notes because of all the twists and turns.