The Nearest Exit just wasn't my cup of tea. Some books in this genre follow government agents who are highly skilled and working to do their government's bidding for the greater good. Others revolve around such agents who are looking to right wrongs they did in the name of their governments, or who are on the run from their agencies who have now turned on them, while still others are about former agents who now follow their own moral code, defending the defenseless and saving those in need.
The Nearest Exit really is none of those. Milo Weaver is damaged goods. He gets caught up in terrible things, from child kidnapping and worse, to thefts to fund operations. It's quite possible this novel is closer to reality than many others, but it's neither a non-fiction work nor a historical novel. It's meant to be entertainment. For me, at least, it really wasn't. Milo is very hard to relate to or feel for. It was a hard book to finish.