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This review is from: The Nearest Exit (Hardcover)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)Firstly, a warning; if you haven't already read The Tourist, the novel which precedes this,then you should,because this novel contains enough references to it's predecessors plot and denouement to spoil that for you.
In this novel "Tourist" Milo Weaver is offered the chance to get back into the Tourism Department,a highly secret section of the CIA, which specialises in dirty tricks and political assisinations.All he has to do is murder a 15 year old Moldovan immigrant girl who is living in Germany.
I'd highly recommend this as a superior example of the spy novel.It occupies territory somewhere between the Bourne novels and Le Carre;intelligent and with a strong feeling of reality, but fast paced and with plenty of action.The plot is satisfyingly complex and managed to confound all my expectations;just when you think you've got the hang of it that section is neatly tied up and another mystery emerges from the gloom to keep you relentlessly turning the pages.
I'm not usually a fan of spy novels, but I will certainly look out for other books by Steinhauer, who has managed to master the art of writing complex plots in a clear and exciting way.