Author(s): John le Carré
Soon to be a major motion picture starring Ewan McGregor, Naomie Harris, Stellan Skarsg rd, and Damian Lewis.
In the wake of the collapse of Lehmann Brothers and with Britain on the brink of economic ruin, a young English couple takes a tennis vacation in Antigua. There they meet Dima, a Russian who styles himself the world's Number One money-launderer, who wants, among other things, a game of tennis. Back in London, the couple is subjected to an all-night interrogation by the British Secret Service who also need their help. Their acquiescence will lead them on a precarious journey through Paris to a safe house in Switzerland, helpless pawns in a game of nations that reveals the unholy alliances between the Russian mafia, the City of London, the Government and the competing factions of the British Secret Service.
A story with frenzy at its heart ... A compelling tale of deceit, dialogue and the author's own despair -- James Naughtie [A] bullet train of a thriller ... part vintage John le Carre and part Alfred Hitchcock The New York Times If you want to know about the state of Britain today, forget the Booker shortlist. Just read John le Carre's latest thriller Evening Standard Return of the master ... Having plumbed the devious depths of the Cold War, le Carre has done it again for our nasty new age The Times Few literary novels can boast a set of characters so vividly imagined. A teasing, beguiling, masterly performance Sunday Times A remarkable book by the master Daily Telegraph Pitch perfect. Le Carre's greatest gift may be his ear, which allows him to pick up a tremor of fear in the softest voice or a false note in any exchange of words and play with them to his heart's content Sunday Telegraph One of our great writers of moral ambiguity, a tireless explorer of that darkly contradictory no-man's land Los Angeles Times I would suggest immortality for John le Carre, who I believe one of the most intelligent and entertaining writers working today Chicago Tribune
John le Carre was born in 1931. His third novel, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, secured him a worldwide reputation, which was consolidated by the acclaim for his trilogy Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Honourable Schoolboy and Smiley's People. His recent novels include A Most Wanted Man, Our Kind of Traitor and A Delicate Truth.