From the New York Times bestselling author of A Legacy of Spies.
"Haven't you realized that only appearances matter?"
The British Embassy in Bonn is up in arms. Her Majesty's financially troubled government is seeking admission to Europe's Common Market just as anti-British factions are rising to power in Germany. Rioters are demanding reunification, and the last thing the Crown can afford is a scandal. Then Leo Harting—an embassy nobody—goes missing with a case full of confidential files. London sends Alan Turner to control the damage, but he soon realizes that neither side really wants Leo found—alive.
Set against the threat of a German-Soviet alliance, John le Carré's A Small Town in Germany is a superb chronicle of Cold War paranoia and political compromise.
With an introduction by the author.
A Small Town in Germany
This is not Le Carre's best book, but it is very well written and it evokes the era of divided Germany confronting its new place in the world of the 60's. I enjoyed the story and would recommend it to those readers who enjoy a different kind of suspense novel. This is not the hunt for a traitor, but the hunt for a man who is confronting the demons of his past. A mystery that ends with a tragedy, rather than a betrayal. This is a different kind of hero who will not give up his principles even with the result ending in his defeat.