'Wonderful' The New York Times
Charlie, a jobbing young English actress, is accustomed to playing different roles. But when the mysterious, battle-scarred Joseph recruits her into the Israeli secret services, she enters the dangerous 'theatre of the real'. As she acts out her part in an intricate, high-stakes plot to trap and kill a Palestinian terrorist, it threatens to consume her.
Set in the tragic arena of the Middle East conflict, this compelling story of love and torn loyalties plays out against the backdrop of an unwinnable war.
'The Little Drummer Girl is about spies as Madame Bovary is about adultery or Crime and Punishment about crime' The New York Times
The best Le Carre
John Le Carre almost invents a new genre with this book. It’s so much about the characters that the gripping thriller plot and the profound political insights - which in any other novel would be the highlight - seem like a necessary bed for these extraordinary and painfully knowable people to lie in. So much more than a spy novel. And probably the most tragically balanced portrayal of the Arab Israeli conflict I’ve ever read. Beautiful!
Great series but ...
I really enjoyed this series. It kept my attention throughout. The characters are wonderful and the story, while a little quirky, was interesting. I found the detail hard to follow though and often the lose ends didn’t completely add up, especially at the end where the last segment seemed a little surplus to requirement and even pointless. Overall it was a good series though. Just be prepared to skip over some of the detail.