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The Nearest Exit by Olen Steinhauer
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Sep 01, 2010

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This is the author of The Tourist, a well-reviewed spy thriller that Brad Pitt optioned for a movie. I didn't read The Tourist, but I did read a glowing review of this. I'm not glowing.

As a straight-ahead spy novel about a black ops division w/in the CIA, it's fine. But every time the author wound in scenes of the protag's wife and family (his guilt about his job; his secrecy) it really fell apart -- almost laughably bad and nonsensical.

2.5 stars for the spy part ... I wouldn't recommend it, and doubt I'll read The Tourist.

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