Synopses & Reviews
“Energetic, thoughtful first in a new series . . . Fans of intelligent thrillers will eagerly await the next installment." -- Publishers Weekly
, starred review
Alyshia D’Cruz, daughter of Indian tycoon Frank D’Cruz, has grown up in London and Mumbai wanting for nothing. After a boozy evening out, she gets in the wrong cab home.
Enter Charles Boxer. Ex-army, ex-police, he has found his niche in private security. His specialty: kidnap and recovery. When D’Cruz hires Boxer to find Alyshia, Boxer knows Frank’s crooked business empire has made him plenty of enemies. Despite the vast D’Cruz fortune, the kidnappers don’t want cash, instead favoring a cruel and lethal game. But the British government doesn’t want its big new investor to lose his daughter in the heart of the capital. The MI6 office in India follows Boxer’s lead, and soon it seems more lives than Alyshia’s are at stake as the trail crosses paths with a terrorist plot on British soil.
To save Alyshia, Boxer must dodge religious fanatics, Indian mobsters, and London’s homegrown crime lords. Capital Punishment is a thrilling journey to the dark side of people and places that lie just out of view, waiting for the moment to tear a life apart.
Praise for The Nearest Exit
“The Nearest Exit should take its place among the best of the spy thrillers.”
“The Nearest Exit, a terrific second installment in Olen Steinhauers ‘Tourist spy series about Milo Weaver . . . [His] company is at least as valuable to the series appeal as is his flair for international trickery.”
—Janet Maslin, The New York Times
“[Steinhauers] descriptions of European cities and their residents are full of life. But Weaver is the novels gem. . . . In many ways, this is a classic spy novel, but its Weavers angst that lifts the book to a compelling level of freshness.”
“Steinhauer delivers another winner in The Nearest Exit, a spy novel that asks deeper questions about the price we extract from individuals in the pursuit of the so-called greater good.”
—Los Angeles Times
“The Nearest Exit, Steinhauers follow-up novel, reprises the themes of The Tourist with even more success. . . . Like le Carrés George Smiley, Weaver is a richly imagined creation with a scarred psyche and a complex backstory that elevates him above the status of run-of-the-mill world-weary spook.”
—The New York Times Book Review
"Crackerjack . . . Featuring a large cast of well-sketched players and a plethora of plot twists, Capital Punishment
shifts scenes briskly from London to Lisbon, Mumbai to Lahore. Wilson writes with elegant vigor as he describes the shoot-outs and emotional crescendos that result from the political and criminal intrigue at the heart of the book." -- Wall Street Journal
"When it comes to turning over rocks, whether in London or Spain or South Africa or South Asia, Wilson knows how to show us the dark creatures that lurk beneath. . . . I don't think it will spoil any of the plot to say that just when you think the situation may be settling down, the kidnap leads us to the discovery of how a sleeper cell of al Qaeda terrorists put all of London in danger. By then you will be reading for your life." -- Alan Cheuse, San Francisco Chronicle
"A gripping new thriller. Charles Boxer, ex-cop and soldier, is a private operative specializing in resolving kidnappings. . . . Wilson keeps tight control of his material." -- Seattle Times
"Suspense author Wilson launches an exciting new series with this smart, sophisticated, and twisty thriller that keeps the reader guessing to the final page. Fans of Wilsons other thrillers will definitely enjoy this one." —Library Journal
, STARRED review "Set in London, this energetic, thoughtful first in a new series from Gold Dagger Award-winner Wilson introduces Charles Boxer. . . .Fans of intelligent thrillers will eagerly await the next installment." --Publishers Weekly
, STARRED review "One of the more sophisticated writers in his field." --Kirkus Reviews
Faced with the potential dissolution of his marriage and the end of his quiet, settled life, reluctant spy Milo Weaver has no choice but to return to his old job as a “tourist” for the CIA. But before he can get back to the dirty work of espionage, he has to prove his worth to his new bosses. Armed with a stack of false identities, Milo heads back to Europe, and for nearly three months every assignment is executed perfectly. Then hes instructed to kill the fifteen-year-old daughter of Moldovan immigrants, and make the body disappear. No questions. For Milo, its an impossible task, but ignoring his handlers is equally untenable. Suddenly hes in a dangerous position, caught between right and wrong, between powerful self-interested foes, between patriots and traitors—especially now that he has nothing left to lose.
In a locked room, a kidnapped girl shivers: Meet London's dark side in this thrilling new book from an acclaimed suspense writer.
About the Author
Olen Steinhauer is the author of the bestselling Milo Weaver series, including The Tourist, and a series of widely acclaimed Eastern European crime novels, which include The Bridge of Sighs, The Confession, 36 Yalta Boulevard, Liberation Movements, and Victory Square. He is a two-time Edgar Award finalist and has been shortlisted for the Anthony, the Macavity, the Ellis Peters Historical Dagger, and the Barry awards. Raised in Virginia, Steinhauer lives with his family in Budapest, Hungary.