A Most Wanted Man by John Le Carré


By John Le Carré

From the “literary grasp for a generation” - The London Observer comes a fiercely compelling and present novel set in Hamburg that performs to all of le CarrÉ’s trademark strengths— Germany, rival intelligence operations, and sympathetic protagonists who find a style for ethical integrity.
A half-starved younger Russian guy in an extended black overcoat is smuggled  into  Hamburg  at  dead  of night.  He  has  an  unbelievable amount  of  cash  secreted  in  a purse  round  his  neck.  He  is a religious Muslim. Or is he? He says his identify is Issa.
Annabel, an idealistic younger German civil rights attorney, determines to avoid wasting Issa from deportation. quickly her client’s survival turns into extra very important to her than her personal career—or protection.
In pursuit of Issa’s mysterious prior, she confronts the incon- gruous Tommy Brue, the sixty- year-old scion of Brue FrÈres, a failing British financial institution dependent in Hamburg.
Annabel, Issa, and Brue shape an not likely alliance—and a triangle of most unlikely loves is born.  in the meantime, scenting a certain kill within the so-called battle on Terror, the spies of 3 countries converge upon the innocents.
Poignant, compassionate, peopled with characters the reader by no means desires to permit move, A such a lot sought after guy is alive with humor, but prickles with pressure till the final heart-stopping web page. it's a paintings of deep humanity and unusual relevance to our times.

From Publishers Weekly
When boxer Melik Oktay and his mom, either Turkish Muslims dwelling in Hamburg, take up a road individual calling himself Issa before everything of this morally advanced mystery from le Carré (The project Song), they trigger a sequence of occasions implicating intelligence enterprises from 3 nations. Issa, who claims to be a Muslim scientific pupil, is, in reality, a sought after terrorist and the son of Grigori Karpov, a pink military colonel whose substantial resources are hid in a mysterious portfolio at a Hamburg financial institution. Tommy Brue, a stereotypical improper everyman stuck up within the machinations of spies and counterspies, enters the plot while Issa's lawyer seeks to say those resources. The booklet works top in its depiction of the rivalries besetting even post-9/11 intelligence firms that are meant to be allies, yet not one of the characters is as memorable as George Smiley or Magnus Pym. nonetheless, even a lesser le Carré attempt is much above the typical run of thrillers. (Oct.)

From Bookmarks Magazine
While this novel will be le Carre's first tackle espionage in Europe after the chilly warfare, critics couldn't be extra divided over its caliber. Alan Furst, himself one of many greats of the style, opines such a lot sought after guy may be one of many author's most sensible, no longer for its content material quite a bit as for its technical brilliance. yet different reviewers panned the paintings, arguing that le Carre's outrage over fresh American intelligence practices distorts the plot and renders the various characters as mere cliches. possibly the consensus is such a lot sought after guy is an stress-free le Carre novel (and for that reason far better than so much thrillers)—but faraway from his best.

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