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The Tourist by Olen Steinhauer
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Feb 22, 2011

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bookshelves: spy, thriller
Read in July, 2011

This was a decent, although somewhat predictable, spy story. It also had a nice dark tone appropriate for a spy. But please, no LeCarre comparisons. Although it had pretensions, it lacked the psychological penetration of the greatest living spy writer (and the greatest of all time), author of the George Smiley series. And although it deals with a traveling spy (the 'tourist' working for the CIA)it sorely lacks the sense of place that haunts LeCarre's work. Too bad that LeCarre has made it difficult for me to appreciate other spy writers, although Brian Freemantle and Len Deighton aren't bad at all, especially the former. I think you need the Cold War to write great spy fiction. Random instability around the world just doesn't cut it.

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