Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Tourist” as Want to Read:
The Tourist
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Tourist (The Tourist #1)

3.76  ·  Rating Details  ·  8,464 Ratings  ·  928 Reviews
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 assa ...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published February 16th 2010 by Minotaur Books (first published January 1st 2009)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Tourist, please sign up.

Popular Answered Questions

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 3,000)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Mar 10, 2009 Jason rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was the wife that killed him!

I kid. The book is one twisty-ass mofo, and I don't want to spoil it. But I do want to spoil Scott Turow's Presumed Innocent , and just have.

In terms of sheer plotting, this rivals a couple of my favorite spy thrillers -- I kept recalling the phenomenal Soul of Viktor Tronko by David Quammen (yes, that Quammen), another espionage novel steeped in postmodern concerns about identity and narrative without losing the bite and snarl of history or realpolitik. Steinh
Bill Purdy
Oct 23, 2013 Bill Purdy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes spy stories
Recommended to Bill by: "The" Reynolds
What started out as a firm 3-star novel (mostly because spy books belong to a genre I never could quite penetrate) finished up as a near-enough-to-four-star novel that I gave it the benefit of the up-rounding. Four stars!

All the standard twists and double-crosses one would expect from a well-plotted spy story are here, but what makes this one particularly compelling is the palpable despair that chokes protagonist Milo Weaver (he's the CIA Black Ops "Tourist" of the title) as he struggles to bala
Jun 24, 2009 Jeffrey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Espionage fans
In this excellent spy novel, we are introduced to Milo Weaver, a Tourist, or clandestine officer for the CIA, who is used for protection, and assassanation. Milo works for Tom Granger who runs the operation out of offices in New York. Early on we find Weaver, who has his own secrets, being brought in to help another spy Angela Davis track down a missing spy who apparently stole $3,000,000. They find him tied to a Russian, and in the ensuing gun battle, Weaver is injured, the thief is killed and ...more
Dec 30, 2015 Donna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery
Meh. I like spy thrillers, but this one was a little different than what I'm used to. It felt like I was taking notes at a lecture. There wasn't very much action. Most clues found were obtained through dialogue, not a result of action. This book was heavy on dialogue which is usually a good thing, but for this genre I like it balanced.
Apr 04, 2016 Mark rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of the spy genre
Shelves: spies, thriller, 2016
A spy novel which seems to take place in Europe mostly but is very US centric. This is the first installment in the stories of a spy aka a tourist [hence the title] by the name of Milo Weaver.

The story starts with a near burned out Milo hunting a missing station chief who was carrying several million dollars to get a voice talking about a war criminal. When this first part of the story ends Weaver lies shot in street next to a very pregnant lady very upset with him.

The next phase of the book is
Ben Peek
Jan 11, 2013 Ben Peek rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Olen Steinhauer's The Tourist is a remarkable in that such praise has been given to a novel that is, beyond its mediocrity, awful.

Opening in Venice the day before September 11th, 2001, The Tourist introduces Milo Weaver, a burnt out, drug dependent black ops agent for the USA, a 'tourist' as he is designated, a man without a home, fixed identity, and moral compass. When his job goes bad, he ends up shot and next to a pregnant woman whose water has just burst and who, sadly, six years later, will
Jan 05, 2011 Adam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There have been many espionage thrillers published throughout history, but Olen Steinhauer’s The Tourist stands out of a majority of the crowd to join an impressive company. This novel has a plethora of twists and turns, which is a main staple of the genre, and gains a personal connection to the readers within its main character, Milo Weaver, a former CIA agent that reluctantly gets drawn back into the life he tried to leave behind. Milo does not have James Bond’s suave demeanor or Jason Bourne’ ...more
Oct 06, 2012 Katie rated it it was ok
Given how lauded this book was when it debuted in 2009, I had high hopes for this one, but I felt very "meh" about the whole experience. Perhaps I've seen too many spy movies, but I really wasn't very impressed. My heart did not race even once while reading, I was not worried about the life of the protagonist (it never hung in the balance), and I didn't really care about the outcome either way.

That said, I think this was part of the originality of this novel: the reality of it. The protagonist i
Scott Bell
Dec 19, 2015 Scott Bell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As this story progressed, I went from not liking the main character very much to becoming fully invested by the end. The mystery is complex, and there's no doubt I lost my way a few times, but the author does an admirable job of keeping the reader engaged despite the twists and turns. A special blessing is Steinhauer knows how to WRITE, by which I mean he understands the nuances of putting together readable fiction that uses imagery rather than narration, and action verbs instead of dull, ploddi ...more
It must be hard to be a writer about spies, and find yourself endlessly held to the gold standard that is
John LeCarre. This one will remind you, but is good enough on its own - an absorbing read with strong characters. It did make me want to read about Smiley again though...
Chuddchutney Buana
Accidentally caught by me because I thought it was the book that's gonna be adapted into Jolie-Depp actioner (Which, in truth, that film is a remake of some French film. Haha. Silly me), The Tourist offers nothing new in spy-espionage genre. There's twist there, there, and oh, there. With a plenty of cliche characters. Given that this book is a "best-seller", so yes, disappointment is inevitable.
Mar 26, 2009 Tony rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Steinhauer, Olen. THE TOURIST. (2009). ****1/2. There’s been lots of buzz about this new novel from this author; about it’s being a re-introduction to the world of espionage fiction as practiced by the masters in their early days. Names like Le Carre, Deighton, and Graham Greene have been bandied about. I have to give it its due. It is well written and has an interesting plot. What it really turns out to be, however, is an espionage novel using some of the standard ingredients of early noir fict ...more
Brandi Rae
Mar 13, 2009 Brandi Rae rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ooooh, the was such a great spy book. For years, Milo Weaver had no real name, identity or home--he essentially didn't exist. A Tourist for the CIA, his job was to carry out orders and collect information in any way necessary. In 2001, his career fell apart, the stress of the job finally getting to him. After an assignment gone wrong, Milo quit working as a Tourist; instead taking a desk job and becoming a family man.

However, in 2007, a break finally comes in a case he is working. For six years
Apr 22, 2012 Janebbooks rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lately, my favorite spy, espionage, thriller writers have gotten a bit boring. Vince Flynn writes thrillers after the fact which makes them alternative history, Tom Clancy has forsaken Jack Ryan, David Baldacci is writing cute (last one was a Nicholas Sparks with a happy ending). The only thing Alex Berenson wrote that I enjoyed was his 2008 review in NY Times of THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO. I only read Daniel Silva's Gabriel Allon series when stolen or forged art is involved, and Brian Haig ...more
Dede Farabaugh
I must first disclaim I don't normally read spy books, so I'm not totally familiar with this genre.

That being said, this book seemed promising when I picked it up at JFK airport. I thought it be some good in flight reading and something my boyfriend could get into as well. At first, I found it absorbing as I tried to figure out the plot and the motivations of the main character. But as the book went on, I found myself reading to just try to finish it. About 3/4 of the way through, the plot just
Aug 02, 2012 Karla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Tourist, Olen Steinhauer (4.0)
After reading this very enjoyable spy thriller, I realized it was not the basis for the Johnny Depp/Angelina Jolie movie. It definitely had some similarities, though more in location (Venice) and not in plot. The book was far better. It follows a ‘Tourist’, the name for a black ops CIA agent stationed abroad, while he is an active Tourist and afterward as he gets enmeshed in a game of espionage involving all his co-workers, bosses and even family members. Throug
Jul 26, 2011 D.T. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
With all due respect to John LeCarre, the master, I now think that The Tourist by Olen Steinhauer is the best espionage novel I have ever read.
A lot of praise has already been written about this book, but I only stumbled upon it recently. I wish I had known about it earlier.
Milo Weaver, the sympathetic, multi-layered main character is a "Tourist" for the CIA. When his friend and colleague is murdered in Paris, Milo is the prime suspect. He's sent on various fact finding missions before it becom
Sep 25, 2013 jo rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
this did its job. kept me busy and entertained and coming back. i didn't learn anything about the world and the complexity of conflict, only about how the CIA possibly operates. it seems an outdated model, at least if Mark Mazzetti's The Way of the Knife, which i have not read but have heard discussed on Fresh Air, is to be believed. the world steinhauer depicts is till a le carré-ian world, and there is nothing wrong with that. it's gripping and it's fun. as my friend gina pointed out, though, ...more
This is a book about CIA spies. I thought I was following the plot, but then everything changes. Things are not what they seem. It would be hard to write a good spy book because the plot has to mean a lot of different things. I liked it but didn't have enough patience to really try and put it all together in my own mind. Wish it could have ended better but I know there are more that follow in this series. I always wonder if these kind of books are anything like real life and if these kind of thi ...more
Jun 12, 2009 J. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This makes deep rumbling noises in the exposition chapters, even convincing the reader that the worldwide-terror-&-deception model could actually be the new basis for espionage novel writers.... (whose loss of the cold-war as their subject, while winning it fictionally & historically speaking, is a problem for the practitioners..)
But it devolves to the standard, moviescript-ready jeopardy and chase scenarios that we've come to expect by the middle sections. This looks to be the creation
Thursday Euclid
Apr 13, 2012 Thursday Euclid rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Thursday by: Clancy Nacht
This book was so good that when I checked it out from the library months ago, I couldn't bring myself to return it. I compulsively reread it. I talked to my best friend for hours about the protagonist, the plot, the implications... It was nail-biting and wonderful. I identified so completely with the protagonist (to call him a hero is a stretch) that I cried a couple times for his travails and cheered aloud with his triumphs. Olen Steinhauer writes with an engaging style that makes it easy to pi ...more
Feb 09, 2009 Trish rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
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 m ...more
Jun 09, 2009 Theresa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thoroughly enjoyable. This is not what I normally read because I have problems keeping up with who did what to who and why. For some reason there is a block in my brain that just doesn't retain that information.

This book was no exception--I had to keep going back and rereading previous parts to see what I had missed or forgotten. But it was definitely worth the time it took to read. The ending was completely unexpected. Filled with twists and turns, this book will make you want to read more by t

Books “TURIS”
Judul Asli : THE TOURIST
[ book 1 of MILO WEAVER Series ]
Copyright 2009 by Olen Steinhauer
Penerbit Gramedia Pustaka Utama
Alih Bahasa : Siska Yuanita
Desain sampul : Eduard Iwan Mangopang
Cetakan I : April 2010 ; 472 hlm ; ISBN 978-99-22-5677-2
Harga Normal : Rp. 65.000,-
Rate : 4 of 5

Siapa yang tak mengenal istilah ‘Turis’ yang menggambarkan individu atau kelompok yang melakukan perjalanan mengunjungi negara-negara lain mayoritas untuk berlibur dan mencari kesenangan. Namun istilah ‘Tu
Oct 20, 2009 Pat rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, audiobook
Who on earth said this guy wrote like le Carre??? He has never heard of the object of a preposition. Long, drawn out. Must have been paid by the word. Just not very good characters or plotting.
Jan 13, 2015 Kay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure
Plots, counter-plots and counter-counter plots. Just when you think you know what is happening, something else pops up. Good book, keeps you guessing to the very end.
Luca Lesi
Aug 27, 2016 Luca Lesi rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Davanti alla morte, la morte non ha alcun significato; davanti alla morte, la vita non ha alcun significato.
Forse perché sto leggendo i romanzi di Daniel Silva, di ben altro spessore e maestria, ma Olen Steinhauer, acclamato autore, proprio non mi è piaciuto.
Il turista del libro è qualcuno pronto ad eliminare chiunque senza pietà in ogni istante e in ogni parte del mondo: “Nessuno sa chi siano i turisti, perché i turisti non appartengono all'intelligence, ai servizi segreti ufficiali di Stati e
Dec 16, 2012 Richard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of le Carré-esque morally ambiguous espionage
Shelves: fiction, espionage, series
It's cold in San Francisco — or at least about as cold as it usually gets here, which really isn't very cold. But my apartment isn't well insulated, so when it gets down into the high 30s overnight and somewhere in the 50s during the day, my home tends towards the low 60s pretty quick. That makes me want to stay curled up in bed reading.

Steinhauer's The Tourist is a very good book for that purpose.

As espionage novels go, this really hits the sweet spot for me. I don't read very much of the gen
Apr 16, 2013 Bill rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
The Spy Who Went Out Into the Cold

Steinhauer, Olen (2009). The Tourist. New York: Minotaur/St.Martins.

This is a well-written spy novel, which is rare outside of Le Carre. It measures up to some of Le Carre’s lesser works, such as The Mission Song or Single & Single. As with Le Carre, Steinhauer’s characters are driven by personal and interpersonal motives. Violence is minimal and Bondian gadgets nonexistent.

The protagonist, Milo Weaver, is called back into active CIA “black ops” duty to fin
Dec 02, 2010 Jennie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, spy-novel
I like the storytelling in this book, but I wasn't crazy about the too-complicated plot that didn't really make sense. Too many things happen (including lots of people getting killed) for no apparent reason, and even the supposed wrap-up part doesn't explain very much. Also, even though I grew up Army and spent the first 20 years of my life being indoctrinated into the whole Cold War mentality thing, events of the last 20 years have made it a little hard for me to lose myself in a plot where a R ...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 99 100 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • The Spanish Game (Alec Milius #2)
  • Kingdom of Shadows (Night Soldiers, #6)
  • The Miernik Dossier (Paul Christopher #1)
  • The Finder
  • The Small Boat of Great Sorrows
  • Bloodmoney: A Novel of Espionage
  • Dead Spy Running (Legoland Trilogy, #1)
  • A Spy's Life
Olen Steinhauer grew up in Virginia, and has since lived in Georgia, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Texas, California, Massachusetts, and New York. Outside the US, he's lived in Croatia (when it was called Yugoslavia), the Czech Republic and Italy. He also spent a year in Romania on a Fulbright grant, an experience that helped inspire his first five books. He now lives in Hungary with his wife and dau ...more
More about Olen Steinhauer...

Other Books in the Series

The Tourist (3 books)
  • The Nearest Exit (The Tourist, #2)
  • An American Spy (The Tourist, #3)

Share This Book

“Without balance, a life is no longer worth the effort.” 36 likes
“The jacket,” Milo repeated, and Grainger gave him a sour look before stretching an arm into his blazer. They” 1 likes
More quotes…