The Last Tourist by Olen Steinhauer
review copy; 384 pages
Milo Weaver Series #4
The Last Tourist by Olen Steinhauer is a highly
recommended, complex espionage thriller and the fourth novel featuring Milo Weaver.
It is a decade since ex-CIA agent Milo Weaver thought the corps
of CIA-trained assassins called "Tourists" had finally ended.
Milo is the head of the Library, a secret espionage operation
buried within the UN’s bureaucracy. He has his own concerns with
the Library, but a series of violent assaults point to a group of
assassins back at work and they seem to be operating outside the
reach of any country's control. Milo is driven into hiding in the
Western Sahara when a young inexperienced CIA analyst arrives to
question him, which results in both of them running for their
This is a tension pack, complex novel set in the underworld of
espionage, with danger at every turn as both sides engage
maneuvers, parries, deflections, and double-crossing. It is a
demanding plot that does require you to pay close attention as you
read to characters, the backstories, their actions and loyalties.
Everyone is suspect. Everyone has their own agenda. It must be
noted that this novel is not a mindless way to pass the time. You
are going to have to actively follow the myriad of characters and
the complicated plot.
I have not read the previous Milo Weaver novels. It may have
helped me with some of the backstory if I had, but I did manage to
follow what was happening and unpack the history. Of course,
you'll have to pick all of this up while you are racing along with
the breakneck pace and trying to tamp down your level of tension
as the plot threads unfold. It's a wild, convoluted ride with a
plot that contains layers upon layers of information. Milo Weaver
is a great character and surviving depends upon his acumen and
My review copy was courtesy of Macmillian.