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Olen Steinhauer Rocks It

Way back in November, I crumbled under the pressure of receiving an advance reading copy 6 months in advance of a book’s release by reading & reviewing Olen Steinhauer‘s The Tourist. In my review, I called The Tourist “a taught, well-paced modern spy novel that threatens to finally launch Olen onto the bestseller lists and into the hands of le Carré readers everywhere.” Amazingly, just a day after the release, my prediction for Mr. Steinhauer has started to come true: The Tourist has received a rave review from Janet Maslin of the New York Times:

Olen“Some of the book’s minor characters even survive this hard-boiled story and stand ready for another one. As for Mr. Steinhauer, the two-time Edgar Award nominee who can be legitimately mentioned alongside John le Carré, he displays a high degree of what Mr. le Carré’s characters like to call tradecraft. If he’s as smart as “The Tourist” makes him sound, he’ll bring back Milo Weaver for a curtain call.”

Clearly, Ms. Maslin reads the Book Catapult. I’m flattered. There is also a Sunday NYT Book Review on the way March 15 – expect more of the same deserved praise.
And here’s the L.A. Times’ take, also glowing.

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2 comments on “Olen Steinhauer Rocks It

  1. Corey Wilde
    April 3, 2009

    I just finished ‘The Confession’ last night. What a book. The way Steinhauer builds his stories, just amazing. Can’t thank you enough for turning me on to these books.

  2. Marko
    April 4, 2009

    Glad you’re safely in the fold, Corey.

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