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'Le Carré delivers a tale for our times . . . a demonstration of the British spy thriller at its unputdownable best' Robert McCrum, Observer
Nat, a 47 year-old veteran of Britain's Secret Intelligence Service, believes his years as an agent runner are over. He is back in London with his wife, the long-suffering Prue. But with the growing threat from Moscow Centre, the office has one more job for him. Nat is to take over The Haven, a defunct substation of London General with a rag-tag band of spies. The only bright light on the team is young Florence, who has her eye on Russia Department and a Ukrainian oligarch with a finger in the Russia pie.
Nat is not only a spy, he is a passionate badminton player. His regular Monday evening opponent is half his age: the introspective and solitary Ed. Ed hates Brexit, hates Trump and hates his job at some soulless media agency. And it is Ed, of all unlikely people, who will take Prue, Florence and Nat himself down the path of political anger that will ensnare them all. Agent Running in the Field is a chilling portrait of our time, now heartbreaking, now darkly humorous, told to us with unflagging tension by the greatest chronicler of our age.
'A rich, beautifully written book studded with surprises. Narrative is a black art, and Le Carré is its grandmaster' Andrew Taylor, Spectator
'Blisteringly contemporary . . . Each new book from le Carré is refreshingly different and uniquely compelling' Economist
'Astute state-of-the-nation commentary' Guardian
'Subtle, wry and seamless, it's an utter joy, from first page to last' Daily Mail
'The master espionage novelist takes on Brexit and Trump in this tense and chilling portrait of today' Evening Standard
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APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Yes, John le Carré has been writing about spies and spying since the height of the Cold War. But his sharp, globe-trotting novels remain perfect for today’s reality. Agent Running in the Field focuses on Nat, a late-career British intelligence agent assigned to whip into shape an office devoted to Russian surveillance. But with Brexit, Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin throwing global relations into chaos, Nat finds that telling the heroes from the villains is harder than ever, even among his colleagues. Written in a tone as bracingly British as a gin and tonic, this taut thriller is full of dry wit, sharply drawn characters, and real-world suspense. The tension is visceral—at times, we found ourselves gasping for breath. Decades after the fall of the Berlin Wall, le Carré remains the gold standard of spy novelists.
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On the basis of this one I suggest LeCarre has had his day. Silly comments about Brexit and Trump all of which are true just diminish the whole and turn the book into third rate emotional Guardian stereotypes. Pity.
I will not read his next but continue to enjoy his previous books.