One of the most entertaining and thought-provoking novels of the year.
— Erik Spanberg, Christian Science Monitor
Steinhauer doesn’t chase current events but still somehow captures the zeitgeist. ... Another must-read from a modern master.
— Keir Graff, Booklist (starred review)
...a thought-provoking political thriller, a dark story for dark times.
— Patrick Anderson, Washington Post

The Middleman traces the rise and fall of a domestic left-wing radical group. Told from the individual perspectives of an FBI agent, an undercover agent within the group, a convert to the terrorist organization, and a writer on the edges of the whole affair. An intimate, suspenseful exploration of the people behind the politics.


An IndieNext List Selection
for August 2018

Steinhauer has written an unnerving and timely thriller with incredible pivots. From a perspective on activist/terrorist civilian organizations to an examination of Big Brother conspiracy plots, there’s something for everyone to grip—with white knuckles.
— Julie Kane, Library Journal (starred review)



This is the first day of the first situation that will give rise to further situations leading to the liberation of you, each of you, each one.

Do not be confused or frightened—there’s no need.

Those who do not move do not notice their chains.

The time for analysis is over.

Let’s move.

“Where there is power, there is resistance.”

The Massive Brigade has opened its membership to include the entire country. You are one of us now.

The Massive Brigade is resistance. You are resistance.

What we have done anyone can do.

Go. Do.

—The Massive Brigade

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A short story about Rachel Proulx's earlier days as an FBI agent whose work in California leads to a bloody climax among the vineyards of Sonoma.

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Steinhauer is a veteran, a real pro; the issues raised in this well-paced thriller are serious and timely, and the characters are believable and likable.
— Kirkus Reviews on The Middleman