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The Tourist by Olen Steinhauer
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Jun 08, 2010

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This tenebrous thriller walks a fine line between plotty and convoluted. It concerns a former CIA black-ops spy, Milo Weaver, who's trying to work a desk job and live a quiet life with his wife, a librarian, in Park Slope (!). But then one of his best friends, a fellow spy whom he trusted to the hilt, is killed, and he comes under suspicion. He tries to figure out who killed her and why, but is only bewildered by the tangle of events he uncovers, which he previously thought were unconnected. Gradually everything in his life comes under a pall of mistrust. Does he trust his friends? Does his wife trust him? Does the reader trust anyone?

The theme of suspicion is built up well here, but at times the plot was so loopy that I had to put the book aside for a while. I did like the way this author juxtaposes a sort of Jason-Bourne European milieu with ordinary American life (Disney World, diners, etc.). I would read another book by this author.

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