Pacifist Martin Bishop, who spent time with a left-wing group in Berlin, is joined by the more volatile Benjamin Mittag, creating a mass disappearance of Americans across the United States. These two revolutionaries manage to feed on an atmosphere of fear and paranoia, encouraging a myopic vision of a society that needs fixing – a society full of hypocrites, distrustful politicians, ruthless corporations and questionable media. Steinhauer ingeniously connects an engaging cast of characters – including special agent Rachel Proulx – who twist and turn their way through the novel, plowing through scrupulous situations and acts of disloyalty. Be prepared to pay attention to every word, every detail in Steinhauer’s newest fast-paced thriller.
"Steinhauer once again demonstrates his mastery in creating suspense...Ari Fliakos calmly narrates while capturing colorfully the array of characters in this multilayered book." — Washington Post
In The Middleman, Olen Steinhauer, New York Times bestselling author of ten titles, including The Tourist and The Cairo Affair, delivers a compelling portrait of a nation on the edge of revolution, and the deepest motives of the men and women on the opposite sides of the divide.
One day in the early summer of 2017, about four hundred people disappear from their lives. They leave behind cell phones, credit cards, jobs, houses, families--everything--all on the same day. Where have they gone? Why? The only answer, for weeks, is silence.
Kevin Moore is one of them. Former military, disaffected, restless, Kevin leaves behind his retail job in San Francisco, sends a good-bye text to his mother, dumps his phone and wallet into a trash can, and disappears.
The movement calls itself the Massive Brigade, and they believe change isn't coming fast enough to America. But are they a protest organization, a political movement, or a terrorist group? What do they want? The FBI isn't taking any chances. Special Agent Rachel Proulx has been following the growth of left-wing political groups in the U.S. since the fall of 2016, and is very familiar with Martin Bishop, the charismatic leader of the Massive Brigade. But she needs her colleagues to take her seriously in order to find these people before they put their plan--whatever it is--into action.
What Rachel uncovers will shock the entire nation, and the aftermath of her investigation will reverberate through the FBI to the highest levels of government.
More praise for The Middleman:
"The Middleman is smart and entertaining and consistently intriguing" — New York Times Book Review
"The Middleman, with its abundance of multidimensional characters and political viewpoints, is a thought-provoking novel that never ceases to excite as a thriller." — Wall Street Journal
About the Author
Olen Steinhauer is the New York Times bestselling author of the Milo Weaver novels, including The Tourist and An American Spy. He is also a Dashiell Hammett Award winner, a two-time Edgar Award finalist, and has been nominated for the Anthony, Ian Fleming Steel Dagger, Ellis Peters Historical Dagger, Macavity, and Barry awards.
He is also the creator of the Epix TV series Berlin Station. He was raised in Virginia, and now divides his time between New York and Budapest.
Ari Fliakos is an actor with experience in television, radio, film, theater, and voiceovers. His narration of Seth Patrick’s Reviver won an Audie for paranormal fiction. He has narrated Black Site and Tier One Wild by Dalton Fury, as well as Gangster Squad, The Inquisitor, and Shotgun Lovesongs. On screen, he is best-known for his roles in Law & Order, Pills, and Company K.
"Ari Fliakos skillfully delivers this bullet train of a plot...Fliakos's deft delivery makes this a riveting listen." -AudioFile, Editor's Pick
"[Olen] Steinhauer once again demonstrates his mastery in creating suspense." -Washington Post