Olen Steinhauer

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Olen Steinhauer
Steinhauer at the Budapest Literary Festival in Hungary, June 2010
Steinhauer at the Budapest Literary Festival in Hungary, June 2010
Born (1970-06-21) June 21, 1970 (age 50)
Baltimore, Maryland
Alma materEmerson College
GenreSpy fiction

Olen Steinhauer (born June 21, 1970) is an American writer of spy fiction novels, including The Tourist, the Milo Weaver series, and the Yalta Boulevard Sequence. Steinhauer also created the TV series Berlin Station, focused on a fictional Central Intelligence Agency branch operating in Berlin, which began airing in 2016.

Early life[edit]

On June 21, 1970, Steinhauer was born in Baltimore, Maryland, United States. Steinhauer grew up in Virginia.


Steinhauer attended university at Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Texas, Austin. He received an MFA in creative writing at Emerson College in Boston.[citation needed]


After graduation, Steinhauer received a year-long Fulbright grant to write a novel in Romania about the Romanian Revolution. It was called Tzara's Monocle, and when he moved to New York City afterward, he used that manuscript to secure a literary agent. However, it was with another book, the historical mystery set in Eastern Europe, The Bridge of Sighs, that Steinhauer first found publication.

His 2009 CIA novel, The Tourist, received positive reviews and is being developed for film by Sony Pictures Entertainment for Doug Liman to direct.[1]

During the winter of 2009-10, Steinhauer was the Picador Guest Professor for Literature[2] at the University of Leipzig's Institute for American Studies in Leipzig, Germany.


The Yalta Boulevard Sequence[edit]

The Bridge of Sighs was the first in a five-book series of thrillers chronicling the evolution of a fictional Eastern European country situated in the historical location of Ruthenia (now part of the Ukraine) during the Cold War, with one book for each decade. Each book also focuses on a different main character.

  • The Bridge of Sighs (2003) — Emil Brod, 1948 (nominated for five awards)
  • The Confession (2004) — Ferenc Kolyeszar, 1956
  • 36 Yalta Boulevard (2005) — Brano Sev, 1966–1967. Also published as The Vienna Assignment
  • Liberation Movements (2006) — Brano Sev, Katja Drdova, Gavra Noukas, 1968 & 1975 (nominated for the Edgar Award for Best Novel). Also published as The Istanbul Variations
  • Victory Square (2007) — The final book in the series, dealing with 1989, the end of communism, and the return to the main character of the first book, Emil Brod.

The Milo Weaver Series[edit]

Standalone novels[edit]

  • The Cairo Affair (2014)
  • All the Old Knives (2015)
  • The Middleman (2018)

Related Reading[edit]

  • Robert Lance Snyder, "'Floating Unmoored': The World of 'Tourism' in Olen Steinhauer's Espionage Trilogy," Clues: A Journal of Detection 38.1 (Spring 2020): 9-18.


  1. ^ Fleming, Mike (September 7, 2012). "Sony Acquires Olen Steinhauer Novel 'The Tourist' For Doug Liman To Direct". Deadline.com. Retrieved 10 January 2013.
  2. ^ "The Picador Guest Professorship for Literature | American Studies Leipzig". Americanstudies.uni-leipzig.de. Retrieved 2010-06-05.

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