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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.
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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:

"When boxer Melik Oktay and his mother, both Turkish Muslims living in Hamburg, take in a street person calling himself Issa at the start of this morally complex thriller from le Carr (The Mission Song), they set off a chain of events implicating intelligence agencies from three countries. Issa, who claims to be a Muslim medical student, is, in fact, a wanted terrorist and the son of Grigori Karpov, a Red Army colonel whose considerable assets are concealed in a mysterious portfolio at a Hamburg bank. Tommy Brue, a stereotypical flawed everyman caught up in the machinations of spies and counterspies, enters the plot when Issa's attorney seeks to claim these assets. The book works best in its depiction of the rivalries besetting even post-9/11 intelligence agencies that should be allies, but none of the characters is as memorable as George Smiley or Magnus Pym. Still, even a lesser le Carr effort is far above the common run of thrillers." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

Not satisfied, apparently, with continuing to write his generally first-rate novels, John le Carre has now taken to reviewing them as well. On the front cover of the advance edition of "A Most Wanted Man" is reproduced a letter from the great man addressed to "Dear Reader": "New spies with new loyalties, old ones with old ones; terror as the new mantra; decent people wanting to do good, but caught... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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"The old spy master hasn't lost his touch....Highly recommended." Library Journal

Review:

"[L]e Carré, without lecturing, deftly puts human faces and human costs on the paranoid response to the threat of terrorism." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"There is very little conventional action in this novel, but the tension builds anyway, as we watch the slow, inexorable, almost boring way that institutional will grinds down individual lives." Booklist

Synopsis:

Hailed as "the literary master for a generation" (The London Observer), New York Times-bestselling author le Carre returns with a stunning, compelling work set in Hamburg — a work of deep humanity and uncommon relevance to our times.

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About the Author

John le Carré was born in 1931 and lives in Cornwall, England. His eighteen novels have been translated into thirty-seven languages and include The Little Drummer Girl, A Perfect Spy, The Russia House, The Spy Who Came In from the Cold, Smiley's People, and The Constant Gardener.

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Peggy J, August 12, 2009 (view all comments by Peggy J)
I listened to this on CD and couldn't turn it off. It is a compelling post-9/11 tale of the way in which money, terrorism, and immigration all come together and the public just isn't aware! Cautionary tale to say the least.
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Denise Morland, December 14, 2008 (view all comments by Denise Morland)
A Most Wanted Man is a spy novel extraordaire with themes more relevant to today's issues then most other thrillers I've read. Highlighting the war on terror and they way it has altered rationality, this is a book that should hit close to home for anyone. Issa, a young Russian with horrific scars, comes mysteriously to be in Hamberg. A devout Muslim, he is quickly under suspcion from all sides. Annabel, a young German lawyer is determind to prevent the government from deporting him and she drags a wealthy British banker into her cause. It's a game of cat and mouse as the rival spies try to find proof of Issa's terrorist connections.
I listened to this book and thoroughly enjoyed it. John le Carre reads the book himself, and he does a good job of it. I found the plot to be frighteningly plausible. I liked the main characters and especially enjoyed the relationships between Issa, Annabelle, and Tommy Brue. This is a book peopled with realistic people caught in unimaginably terrifying circumstances!
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carusod22, December 3, 2008 (view all comments by carusod22)
Most Wanted Man is scary as hell. i know it’s just fiction, but i always read Le Carre’s novels as journalistic reportages. In this case, the troubles stay in our home, right in Europe, where different intelligence services pull togheter to stop potential islamic-terroristic activities in the name of global security. It doesn’t matter if the suspects are innocent. Secret intelligence is depicted as a dangerous role-play led by the americans. True or not, the novel is masterly written and the rithm never bore you. Hoping for a wide-screen version, I suggest this book to everyone.
Daniele Caruso, Firenze, 2008
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781416594888
Author:
le Carre, John
Publisher:
Scribner
Author:
John le Carre
Author:
Le Carre, John
Author:
John le Carre
Subject:
Espionage
Subject:
Espionage/Intrigue
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
Intelligence officers
Subject:
Germany
Subject:
Spy stories
Subject:
Suspense fiction
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20081007
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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Product details 336 pages Scribner Book Company - English 9781416594888 Reviews:
"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.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "When boxer Melik Oktay and his mother, both Turkish Muslims living in Hamburg, take in a street person calling himself Issa at the start of this morally complex thriller from le Carr (The Mission Song), they set off a chain of events implicating intelligence agencies from three countries. Issa, who claims to be a Muslim medical student, is, in fact, a wanted terrorist and the son of Grigori Karpov, a Red Army colonel whose considerable assets are concealed in a mysterious portfolio at a Hamburg bank. Tommy Brue, a stereotypical flawed everyman caught up in the machinations of spies and counterspies, enters the plot when Issa's attorney seeks to claim these assets. The book works best in its depiction of the rivalries besetting even post-9/11 intelligence agencies that should be allies, but none of the characters is as memorable as George Smiley or Magnus Pym. Still, even a lesser le Carr effort is far above the common run of thrillers." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "The old spy master hasn't lost his touch....Highly recommended."
"Review" by , "[L]e Carré, without lecturing, deftly puts human faces and human costs on the paranoid response to the threat of terrorism."
"Review" by , "There is very little conventional action in this novel, but the tension builds anyway, as we watch the slow, inexorable, almost boring way that institutional will grinds down individual lives."
"Synopsis" by , Hailed as "the literary master for a generation" (The London Observer), New York Times-bestselling author le Carre returns with a stunning, compelling work set in Hamburg — a work of deep humanity and uncommon relevance to our times.
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