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With A Most Wanted Man, legendary spymaster John le Carré tackles the "War on Terror" with this incisive critique that doubles as a stunning thriller. Espionage fans — and people who question the stories we're fed on front pages — will be riveted.
Recommended by Chris Bolton, Powells.com

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Publisher Comments:

New spies with new loyalties, old spies with old ones; terror as the new mantra; decent people wanting to do good but caught in the moral maze; all the sound, rational reasons for doing the inhuman thing; the recognition that we cannot safely love or pity and remain good "patriots" — this is the fabric of John le Carré's fiercely compelling and current novel A Most Wanted Man.

A half-starved young Russian man in a long black overcoat is smuggled into Hamburg at dead of night. He has an improbable amount of cash secreted in a purse around his neck. He is a devout Muslim. Or is he? He says his name is Issa.

Annabel, an idealistic young German civil rights lawyer, determines to save Issa from deportation. Soon her client's survival becomes more important to her than her own career — or safety. In pursuit of Issa's mysterious past, she confronts the incongruous Tommy Brue, the sixty-year-old scion of Brue Frères, a failing British bank based in Hamburg.

Annabel, Issa and Brue form an unlikely alliance — and a triangle of impossible loves is born. Meanwhile, scenting a sure kill in the "War on Terror," the rival spies of Germany, England and America converge upon the innocents.

Thrilling, compassionate, peopled with characters the reader never wants to let go, A Most Wanted Man is a work of deep humanity and uncommon relevance to our times.

Review:

"Intricately plotted, beautifully written, propulsive, morally engaged, but timely as today's headlines....The protagonists are brilliantly drawn." Los Angeles Times

Review:

"This is le Carré's strongest, most powerful novel....Extraordinary." Alan Furst, New York Times Book Review (cover review)

Review:

"Highly recommended." Library Journal

Review:

"Turn the pages slowly, because an era is passing, and with it, an illuminating view of the troubled keepers of an uneasy peace." Cleveland Plain Dealer

Review:

"An instant classic....A provocative and incendiary ending that only le Carré, the master, can pull off." USA Today

Review:

"As sharp as he ever was....Le Carré...remains a class above his neighbors on the bestseller list." Chicago Sun-Times

Review:

"Breaks notable new ground....Le Carré's dialogue has snap, rhythm and wit...immaculate timing." St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Synopsis:

From the “literary master for a generation” (The London Observer) comes a fiercely com- pelling and current novel set in Hamburg that plays to all of le Carré’s trademark strengths— Germany, rival intelligence operations, and sympathetic protagonists who discover a taste for moral integrity.

A half-starved young Russian man in a long black overcoat is smuggled  into  Hamburg  at  dead  of night.  He  has  an  improbable amount  of  cash  secreted  in  a purse  round  his  neck.  He  is a devout Muslim. Or is he? He says his name is Issa.

Annabel, an idealistic young German civil rights lawyer, determines to save Issa from deportation. Soon her client’s survival becomes more important to her than her own career—or safety.

In pursuit of Issa’s mysterious past, she confronts the incon- gruous Tommy Brue, the sixty- year-old scion of Brue Frères, a failing British bank based in Hamburg.

Annabel, Issa, and Brue form an unlikely alliance—and a triangle of impossible loves is born.  Meanwhile, scenting a sure kill in the so-called War on Terror, the spies of three nations converge upon the innocents.

Poignant, compassionate, peopled   with   characters the reader never wants to let go, A Most Wanted Man

is alive with humor, yet prickles with tension until the last heart-stopping page. It is a work of deep humanity and uncommon relevance to our times.

About the Author

John le Carré 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 Honorable Schoolboy; and Smiley's People. His novels include The Little Drummer Girl, A Perfect Spy, The Russia House, Our Game, The Taileor of Panama, and Single & Single. John le Carré lives in Cornwall.

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9781416594895
Author:
le Carre, John
Publisher:
Scribner Book Company
Author:
Le Carre, John
Author:
John le Carre
Author:
John le Carre
Subject:
Espionage/Intrigue
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
Espionage
Subject:
Popular Fiction-Technothrillers
Subject:
spy fiction, thriller; espionage; MI6; spies; Smiley; David Cornwell; spycraft; Philip Seymour Hoffman; Anton Corbin; Robin Wright; Rachel McAdams; Willem Dafoe; war on terror; radican Islam; Hamburg; terrorism; 9/11; surveillance; international thriller
Subject:
spy fiction, thriller; espionage; MI6; spies; Smiley; David Cornwell; spycraft; Philip Seymour Hoffman; Anton Corbin; Robin Wright; Rachel McAdams; Willem Dafoe; war on terror; radican Islam; Hamburg; terrorism; 9/11; surveillance; international thriller
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20090831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8.44 x 5.5 in 10.255 oz

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"Staff Pick" by ,

With A Most Wanted Man, legendary spymaster John le Carré tackles the "War on Terror" with this incisive critique that doubles as a stunning thriller. Espionage fans — and people who question the stories we're fed on front pages — will be riveted.

"Review" by , "Intricately plotted, beautifully written, propulsive, morally engaged, but timely as today's headlines....The protagonists are brilliantly drawn."
"Review" by , "This is le Carré's strongest, most powerful novel....Extraordinary." (cover review)
"Review" by , "Highly recommended."
"Review" by , "Turn the pages slowly, because an era is passing, and with it, an illuminating view of the troubled keepers of an uneasy peace."
"Review" by , "An instant classic....A provocative and incendiary ending that only le Carré, the master, can pull off."
"Review" by , "As sharp as he ever was....Le Carré...remains a class above his neighbors on the bestseller list."
"Review" by , "Breaks notable new ground....Le Carré's dialogue has snap, rhythm and wit...immaculate timing."
"Synopsis" by , From the “literary master for a generation” (The London Observer) comes a fiercely com- pelling and current novel set in Hamburg that plays to all of le Carré’s trademark strengths— Germany, rival intelligence operations, and sympathetic protagonists who discover a taste for moral integrity.

A half-starved young Russian man in a long black overcoat is smuggled  into  Hamburg  at  dead  of night.  He  has  an  improbable amount  of  cash  secreted  in  a purse  round  his  neck.  He  is a devout Muslim. Or is he? He says his name is Issa.

Annabel, an idealistic young German civil rights lawyer, determines to save Issa from deportation. Soon her client’s survival becomes more important to her than her own career—or safety.

In pursuit of Issa’s mysterious past, she confronts the incon- gruous Tommy Brue, the sixty- year-old scion of Brue Frères, a failing British bank based in Hamburg.

Annabel, Issa, and Brue form an unlikely alliance—and a triangle of impossible loves is born.  Meanwhile, scenting a sure kill in the so-called War on Terror, the spies of three nations converge upon the innocents.

Poignant, compassionate, peopled   with   characters the reader never wants to let go, A Most Wanted Man

is alive with humor, yet prickles with tension until the last heart-stopping page. It is a work of deep humanity and uncommon relevance to our times.

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