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The Nearest Exit by Olen Steinhauer
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May 27, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: fiction, spy
Read in May, 2012

This spy novel is very reminiscent of the early LeCarre works transposed into the next century. The espionage is secondary to the characterizations and exploration of HumInt culture, but the plotting is still pleasantly twisted with an undercurrent of subtle humor. The American protagonist, Milo Weaver, is likeable enough with his high pain threshold and irrepressible conscience; but I haven't figured out the point of his David Bowie themed iPod. I liked better the secondary protagonist: Erika Schwartz, an obese German analyst of simple tastes and subtle motivations.

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