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A Delicate Truth

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Publisher Comments:

A counter-terrorist operation, code-named Wildlife, is being mounted on the British crown colony of Gibraltar. Its purpose: to capture and abduct a high-value jihadist arms buyer. Its authors: an ambitious Foreign Office Minister, a private defense contractor who is also his bosom friend, and a shady American CIA operative of the evangelical far-right. So delicate is the operation that even the Ministers personal private secretary, Toby Bell, is not cleared for it.

Three years later, a disgraced Special Forces Soldier delivers a message from the dead. Was Operation Wildlife the success it was cracked up to be — or a human tragedy that was ruthlessly covered up? Summoned by Sir Christopher “Kit” Probyn, retired British diplomat, to his decaying Cornish manor house, and closely observed by Kits daughter, Emily, Toby must choose between his conscience and duty to his Service. If the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing, how can he keep silent?

Review:

“At the moment a new generation is stumbling upon his work, le Carré is still writing at something close to the top of his game….[A Delicate Truth] is an elegant yet embittered indictment of extraordinary rendition, American right-wing evangelical excess and the corporatization of warfare. It has a gently flickering love story and jangling ending. And le Carré has not lost his ability to sketch, in a line or two, an entire character.” Dwight Garner, The New York Times Magazine (front page)

Review:

“The narrative dominoes fall with masterly precision....As ever, le Carrés prose is fluid, carrying the reader toward an inevitable yet nail-biting climax.” Olen Steinhauer, The New York Times Book Review

Review:

“Well-wrought….A sharply sketched gallery of characters.” The Wall Street Journal

Review:

“Le Carré is fiercely modern…a confluence of styles, voices, approaches….A novel that beckons us beyond any and all expectations.” Washington Post

Review:

“[L]e Carré is...at full power with a book that draws on a careers worth of literary skill and international analysis. No other writer has charted — pitilessly for politicians but thrillingly for readers #8212; the public and secret histories of his times.” The Guardian (UK)

Review:

“Timelier than ever.” The New York Times

Review:

“Heady and absorbing....John le Carré remains in full command of both the craft of writing and the art of espionage.” Christian Science Monitor

Review:

“Le Carré further establishes himself as a master of a new, shockingly realistic kind of noir.” Booklist (Starred)

Review:

“This is a guaranteed hair-raising cerebral fright, especially for anyone who enjoyed Robert Harris's The Ghost or who just knows his or her email account has been hacked.” Library Journal (Starred)

Review:

“Le Carré focuses on the moral rot and creeping terror barely concealed by the affable old-boy blather that marks the pillars of the intelligence community.” Kirkus Reviews (Starred)

About the Author

John le Carré was born in 1931 and attended the universities of Bern and Oxford. He taught at Eton and served briefly in British Intelligence during the Cold War. His third novel, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, secured him a world wide reputation, which was consolidated by the acclaim for his trilogy Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Honourable Schoolboy and Smiley's People. His recent novels include The Constant Gardener, Absolute Friends, The Mission Song, A Most Wanted Man, and Our Kind of Traitor. He divides his time between London and Cornwall.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780143125310
Author:
le Carre, John
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Author:
Le Carre, John
Author:
John le Carre
Author:
John le Carre
Subject:
Espionage
Subject:
Popular Fiction-Technothrillers
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20140431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 320 pages Penguin Books - English 9780143125310 Reviews:
"Review" by , “At the moment a new generation is stumbling upon his work, le Carré is still writing at something close to the top of his game….[A Delicate Truth] is an elegant yet embittered indictment of extraordinary rendition, American right-wing evangelical excess and the corporatization of warfare. It has a gently flickering love story and jangling ending. And le Carré has not lost his ability to sketch, in a line or two, an entire character.”
"Review" by , “The narrative dominoes fall with masterly precision....As ever, le Carrés prose is fluid, carrying the reader toward an inevitable yet nail-biting climax.”
"Review" by , “Well-wrought….A sharply sketched gallery of characters.”
"Review" by , “Le Carré is fiercely modern…a confluence of styles, voices, approaches….A novel that beckons us beyond any and all expectations.”
"Review" by , “[L]e Carré is...at full power with a book that draws on a careers worth of literary skill and international analysis. No other writer has charted — pitilessly for politicians but thrillingly for readers #8212; the public and secret histories of his times.”
"Review" by , “Timelier than ever.”
"Review" by , “Heady and absorbing....John le Carré remains in full command of both the craft of writing and the art of espionage.”
"Review" by , “Le Carré further establishes himself as a master of a new, shockingly realistic kind of noir.”
"Review" by , “This is a guaranteed hair-raising cerebral fright, especially for anyone who enjoyed Robert Harris's The Ghost or who just knows his or her email account has been hacked.”
"Review" by , “Le Carré focuses on the moral rot and creeping terror barely concealed by the affable old-boy blather that marks the pillars of the intelligence community.”
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