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:
“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.