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3.0 out of 5 stars Nearest Exist is no Tourist, September 6, 2011
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This review is from: The Nearest Exit (Milo Weaver Book 2) (Kindle Edition)
I picked up Olin Steinhauer's lastest spy thriller "The Nearest Exit" primarily because it was named one of the New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2010. After reading it--and I can't say it was a super quick read--I pretty much have come to the conclusion that the reason it made that exclusive list had more to do with Steinhauer's strong previous book with Milo Weaver "The Tourist" than this book being something super special.

In The Nearest Exit, we once again meet Milo Weaver who after The Tourist was ready to settle into a quiet life far away from the CIA and his "tourist" past. As much as he wanted to not have anything to do with killing and being a part of the the CIA, he is basically told that he cannot retire until he shows that he is still one of them, that he can be trusted, and that he can retire in peace. Milo is forced into a very difficult position that tests his moral boundaries when he takes part in the kidnapping of a young girl. The rest of the story essentially revolves around that and his desire to "do the right thing" when it comes to her. I recommend this book to thriller readers who are comfortable with a complex and often winding plot. It is not a straightforward story and not as easy as a Patterson read. It is definitely something much more akin to a Le Carre.
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