The Tourist: A Novel

The Tourist: A Novel

by Olen Steinhauer


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The Tourist: A Novel by Olen Steinhauer

In Olen Steinhauer's explosive New York Times bestseller, 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. With new layers of intrigue being exposed in his old cases, 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250160362
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 11/07/2017
Series: Milo Weaver , #1
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 1,185,819
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

OLEN STEINHAUER, the New York Times bestselling author of ten previous novels including The Tourist, is a Dashiell Hammett Award winner, a two-time Edgar award finalist, and has also been shortlisted for the Anthony, the Macavity, the Ellis Peters Historical Dagger, the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger, and the Barry awards. Raised in Virginia, he lives in New York and Budapest, Hungary. Visit

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The Tourist 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 125 reviews.
MyTrains More than 1 year ago
The Tourist starts slowly but caught my interest. The plot is convoluted and if this were a movie you'd probably say it was about 1/2 hour too long. It winds to a good finish. I thought it was a good, but not great read.
TheReadingWriter More than 1 year ago
Deceit is thick in the air in this modern spy novel. Shifting shapes, names, loyalties are as loosely moored as ever in the spy industry. While China's interest in Sudan's oil is mentioned, interpersonal human drama is the real center of this absorbing 6th novel from expatriate Olen Steinhauer. The clash of jurisdictions between the CIA and Homeland Security in the USA adds a touch of verisimilitude. Steinhauer does a very good job creating characters one cares about. He did the right thing by modelling his work on the great spy novelists of old.
Tigerpaw70 More than 1 year ago
Book 1 in the trilogy staring Milo Weaver This seemingly realistic thriller is a first rate fiction , a tale of the nasty and deceitful world of spies and assassins. Milo Weaver aka Charles Alexander is one of the CIA's highly skilled assassins, in the trade they are known as "Tourists". When deployed to various corners of the world, their missions are to be executed without question. The story opens in 2001 with Milo at a low point in his life. Being a "Tourist" for several years has taken its toll..... his only escape at this point is amphetamines and they are leaving him in a suicidal state. A new mission in Venice to stop the hit man known as "The Tiger" gives him a whole new look at life...... The story flashes forward to 2007. Now a married man with a child, away from active duty and bored at his desk job Milo finds himself longing for the excitement and the adrenalin rush of his old job....Once a spook always a spook.... Milo is reinvigorated when he is summoned to the side of the "Tiger" for a death bed conversation.... The man's confessions send Milo off once again on a chilling path into the world of international conspiracies. This novel is a modern twist of the old days of espionage, a compelling and intricate account of betrayal, manipulation, loyalty and risk. Its central figure is a complicated man with many faults and flaws, but when faced with extraordinary situations he excels. Throughout the novel you will find plenty of breathtaking scenes and heart stopping action. I enjoyed piecing together the various parts of this very entertaining puzzle and would not hesitate recommending it to anyone.
AuntieAlice More than 1 year ago
The Tourist in this case is a CIA agent who travels as a spy for his country. When Milo Weaver tried to leave his old life of secrets and spying, he is dragged back in to try to figure out who is pulling the strings and who are the good/bad guys. Good intrigue, plot engineering and layers to the storyline. Grabbed me and I couldn't put it down. Now that I have finished it, I am going to catch up on my sleep! Mr. Steinhauer's sixth novel. The blurb on the first page states that the film rights have been optioned by Warner Bros. for George Clooney. I can see that! And I always like to read the book first and generally they are deeper and more intricate than the movie.
KenCady More than 1 year ago
Layers of deceit are uncovered in The Tourist, and the reader is never sure if the truth has just been revealed or not. To say that the story is complex is an understatement, but the reader who sticks it though is rewarded with, well, something to think about. Our government, and security services everywhere, are manned by fallible humans, and they make mistakes and suffer corruption, and, seemingly, love to break the rules. What's to be done with that? The author is of no help there.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a good spy novel! Never a dull moment, I have also read "The Tourist" whoch is book No. 2 . Daisy
harstan More than 1 year ago
Six years ago Milo Weaver left his CIA field job as a "tourist" to sit at a desk in the New York City office; he knew it was time as the cold means no hesitation whatsoever. After taking some bullets to the chest in Vienna, Milo knew he would never be the same. He has since married and has become a father living with his loved ones in Brooklyn, which has helped Milo somewhat move past the adrenalin rush of undercover operations.

However, once a tourist always a tourist even if the courage has left you scared. His former boss informs him that a sheriff has arrested Samuel Roth for a domestic abuse incident in Blackdale, Tennessee; Samuel is thought to be the ferocious assassin Tiger and the brass want Milo to confirm his identity. However, the simple assignment turns ugly leaving Milo on the run from unknown adversaries and law enforcement who believes he is a cold blooded killer; his biggest fear is that his beloved spouse and daughter are in peril from his enemies.

THE TOURIST is fast-paced and filled with non-stop action yet as is the case with Olen Steinhauser¿s saga in an unnamed Eastern Europe twentieth century Communist series, the frustrations and anguish of the hero owns the story line. Mindful of Patrick McGoohan¿s character John Drake in Secret Agent Man, Milo is burned out and suffering from PTSD compounded when friends betray him leaving his family vulnerable. He stoically accepts that Johnny Rivers¿ lyrics is right ¿with every move he makes another chance he takes odds are he won't live to see tomorrow¿.

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Drewano More than 1 year ago
I feel like should like this book more than I did but in the end I never feel like I was pulled in by the story. The start does a good job of setting the scene with an action packed sequence but from then on it was more back office politics and investigation work rather than a thriller. The story moves along well but I felt the end just felt unfulfilling as the story is wrapped up but we don’t get to see what the whole plot is. One the plus side the characters are complex and interesting and how they are all pulled together in the end is great and the writing is good. I’ll probably move on in the series at some point but after finishing this I didn’t feel as if I needed to right away.
MargoH More than 1 year ago
This novel provides a gritty, troubling view of CIA activities.  The main character, Milo Weaver, belongs to a black ops group within the  CIA ("The Department of Tourism") which travels the world posing as tourists, with no apparent connection to the CIA.  The Tourists, run  by CIA handlers, are used to accomplish almost any dirty trick imaginable that is deemed by the "Company" to somehow enhance the  U.S. position on the world stage or even to enhance the personal interests of the handler.  Nearly all of the assignments blur the line between the ethical and unethical, truth and lies, legal and illegal.  Some assignments involved lying to, injuring, and even assassinating fellow fellow Tourists.  Milo Weaver starts out at a low point in his life at the beginning of the book, and ends up at a bit higher point - but not  much.  However, the book is well-written, action packed, and easy to read - interesting enough to be a "page-turner."  This is one of the  best novels I have read recently.  Apparently this is the first  in a possible series of Milo Weaver novels, and I am looking forward to  reading Stenhauer's next one, "The Nearest Exit." 
auntmoeMW More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be rather dark, but it kept me interested enough to finish and have ordered the sequel.
Oregon-Cowboy More than 1 year ago
Character development is slow, but worth the wait. It is a fascinating story that leads the reader through the murky waters of the spy game.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked this book very much.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is quite a good thriller. Enjoy!
Ariesgrl More than 1 year ago
A life as a tourist sounds like a great idea, however for Milo Weaver it was a difficult life. As a professional undercover agent for the CIA, Milo had worked several “assignments,” but none of them focused on a colleague until now. Now with distrust and cover-ups many old cases are coming back under suspicion and Milo is forced back into the life of a tourist. The Tourist is a fascinating and complicated spy novel. It starts out a bit slow and at times seems tedious, but the plot quickly picks up the pace. Readers will wrapped up in Milo’s mind and looking over their shoulder’s while they read. The plot twists and time jumps will keep readers guessing until the very end. Graphic scenes call for a mature audience, but overall an excellent start to the series. Notes: This review was originally written for My Sister's Books. This review was originally posted on Ariesgrl Book Reviews.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Not a thrill ride, but not as confussing as Lecarre. Somewhere in between. A fresh and enjoyable although sometimes confussing read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
not for me
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read
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Picked this up in the $2.99 and under books and I am now hooked on the author's books. I read this over a few days only because I had appointments and things thst got in the way of reading this right to the end. It was hard to put down.
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Pretty good spy/assassin story.
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Formatic and " over written" that the sub combos result in too much hero's musing boring and too much grafic detail to entice the jaded with grafic novel captions and possible movie chase scenes bond style. For the devoted spy genre fan only
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