REVIEWED BY ANDREW ABRAHAMS
In Steinhauer's smart spy novel, covert agent Milo Weaver has retired from his life as a "Tourist" (a cold-blooded CIA fixer) and now works a desk job for "the Company," a secret arm of the CIA. Haunted by the deadly deeds he was once asked to carry out, he is barely coping with life, struggling with suicidal impulses and longing only for more time with his wife and young stepdaughter. But domestic bliss gets put on hold after he is set up for the murder of a fellow agent and close friend: He must untangle a messy global conspiracy and clear his name. Steinhauer's convoluted plotting can be distracting, but he excels when the focus is on Weaver, an intriguing, damaged man yearning to break free of his dark profession.