Book Reviews

Book review: The Nearest Exit.



This modern spy novel by Olen Steinhauer is not only intriguing, well conceived, and informative, but also interesting that the reader feels compelled to continue reading page after page.

It involves many meticulously researched European cities including correctly spelled street names and homes that display how apartments looked in the “old continent” under the Soviet regime. Today, all are furnished with inexpensive, widely available, IKEA furniture that must be self-assembled.

The author incorporates deftly cell phones and computers into the prose and enlightens how the profession, if one can call it that, has changed. It is up to the reader to decide for good or bad.

The plot starts in the U S A and goes overseas to Germany, Moldova, Switzerland, and ends in Italy.

For anyone who likes spy novels, it is a must read. It keeps the reader intellectually stimulated, and revealas a lot of spying and spy agency details that are normally not in the public domain.

If you want to know at least one CIA (Central Intelligence Agency) department works, then read The Nearest Exit, and for those interested to know how the BND (Bundesnachrichtendienst), the German equivalent of the CIA, functions, this book tells it all.

Highly recommended!

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