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Romancing Cairo

Janet Maslin 

Olen Steinhauer's recent three-volume Milo Weaver series was about the Tourists, a top-secret CIA spy unit. Milo was an exceptionally appealing character among black ops types. His personal life was as fraught as his cloak-and-dagger work, and when he wasn't trotting around the globe, he was apt to turn up in Brooklyn. But by the third installment, after the Chinese had entered the mix, the plot had thickened so much that it bordered on the impenetrable. Only the most seasoned le Carre buffs had the chops to tackle Steinhauer's ever more elaborate tricks. So it's something ...

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First Published: Sat, March 22 2014. 00:05 IST
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