This is book number 2 in the Milo Weaver series.
“Milo Weaver is an undercover spy for the CIA, and he doesn't know who to trust, even within his own organization. His job requires blind obedience, but a burgeoning sense of empathy has compromised his callousness, and when he is instructed to kill a young girl, he balks, grappling with his own moral identity. A terrific story of suspense and action, with powerful writing and unforgettable characters.”
— Jennie Turner-Collins, Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Cincinnati, OH
The brilliant second novel in Olen Steinhauer's New York Times bestselling Milo Weaver espionage series, The Nearest Exit is republished with an all new package.
“This is a classic spy novel, but it's Weaver's angst that lifts the book to a compelling level of freshness.” —USA Today
Faced with the potential dissolution of his marriage and the end of his quiet, settled life, reluctant spy Milo Weaver has no choice but to return to his old job as a “tourist” for the CIA. But before he can get back to the dirty work of espionage, he has to prove his worth to his new bosses. Armed with a stack of false identities, Milo heads back to Europe, and for nearly three months every assignment is executed perfectly. Then he’s instructed to kill the fifteen-year-old daughter of Moldovan immigrants, and make the body disappear. No questions.
For Milo, it’s an impossible task, but ignoring his handlers is equally untenable. Suddenly he’s in a dangerous position, caught between right and wrong, between powerful self-interested foes, between patriots and traitors—especially now that he has nothing left to lose.
Olen Steinhauer is the New York Times bestselling author of the Milo Weaver novels, including The Tourist and An American Spy. He is also a Dashiell Hammett Award winner, a two-time Edgar Award finalist, and has been nominated for the Anthony, Ian Fleming Steel Dagger, Ellis Peters Historical Dagger, Macavity, and Barry awards.
He is also the creator of the Epix TV series Berlin Station. He was raised in Virginia, and now divides his time between New York and Budapest.
Praise for The Nearest Exit
"The Nearest Exit should take its place among the best of the spy thrillers.” —Associated Press
“A terrific second installment in Olen Steinhauer’s “Tourist” spy series about Milo Weaver . . . [His] company is at least as valuable to the series’ appeal as is his flair for international trickery.” —Janet Maslin, The New York Times
“A spy novel that asks deeper questions about the price we extract from individuals in the pursuit of the so-called greater good.” —Los Angeles Times
“Like le Carré’s George Smiley, Weaver is a richly imagined creation with a scarred psyche and a complex back story that elevates him above the status of run-of-the-mill world-weary spook.” —The New York Times Book Review