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“One of our great writers of moral ambiguity, a tireless explorer of that darkly contradictory no-man’s land.” —Tim Rutten, Los Angeles Times

Nearly five decades ago, John le Carré became an international sensation with the publication of his third novel, The Spy Who Came In from the Cold. His last novel, Our Kind of Traitor, won unanimous critical acclaim and hit the New York Times bestseller list just as the Oscar-nominated film version of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy introduced a new generation to his chillingly amoral universe.

A Delicate Truth opens in 2008. A counter-terrorist operation, codenamed 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 Minister’s personal private secretary, Toby Bell, is not cleared for it.

Cornwall, UK, 2011. 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 Kit’s beautiful daughter, Emily, Toby must choose between his conscience and duty to his Service. If the only thing necessary to the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing, how can he keep silent?

Review:

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

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“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

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

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“A ripping, fun yarn.” Entertainment Weekly

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“Loyalty to the crown is tested; consciences are checked; and nothing is more terrifying than, as this novel's protagonist puts it, ‘a solitary decider asking himself how on earth he talked himself into this mess.'” The Daily Beast

Review:

“A career's worth of literary skill and international analysis….No other writer has chartered…the public and secret history of his times.” The Guardian (UK)

Review:

“Remarkable….[A Delicate Truth] displays the mastery of the early and the passion of late Le Carré.” Robert McCrum, The Observer (UK)

Review:

“Writing of such quality that…it will be read in one hundred years….[Le Carré] found his canvas in espionage, as Dicken's did in other worlds. The two men deserve comparison.” Daily Mail (UK)

Review:

“This is a guaranteed hair-raising cerebral fright, especially for anyone who enjoyed Robert Harriss 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)

Review:

“A great story in sterling prose.” Publishers Weekly

Synopsis:

A counter-terrorist operation, codenamed 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 Kit's 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?

About the Author

John le Carré, the pseudonym for David Cornwell, was a member of the British Foreign Service from 1959 to 1964. His third novel, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, became a worldwide bestseller. He has written twenty-two novels, which have been published in thirty-six languages. Many of his books have been made into films, including The Constant Gardener, The Russia House, The Little Drummer Girl, and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.

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mink, June 17, 2013 (view all comments by mink)
John Le Carre's latest is like a jigsaw puzzle begun in the middle, gradually filling out until you get the whole picture. So it's a bit confusing and slow at first but, like all his books, well-written and rewarding to read.
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9780670014897
Author:
le Carre, John
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John le Carre
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Espionage
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20130507
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English
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320
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9 x 6 in 1 lb
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Product details 320 pages Viking Adult - English 9780670014897 Reviews:
"Review" by , “Le Carré further establishes himself as a master of a new, shockingly realistic kind of noir.”
"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 , “A ripping, fun yarn.”
"Review" by , “Loyalty to the crown is tested; consciences are checked; and nothing is more terrifying than, as this novel's protagonist puts it, ‘a solitary decider asking himself how on earth he talked himself into this mess.'”
"Review" by , “A career's worth of literary skill and international analysis….No other writer has chartered…the public and secret history of his times.”
"Review" by , “Remarkable….[A Delicate Truth] displays the mastery of the early and the passion of late Le Carré.”
"Review" by , “Writing of such quality that…it will be read in one hundred years….[Le Carré] found his canvas in espionage, as Dicken's did in other worlds. The two men deserve comparison.”
"Review" by , “This is a guaranteed hair-raising cerebral fright, especially for anyone who enjoyed Robert Harriss 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.”
"Review" by , “A great story in sterling prose.”
"Synopsis" by , A counter-terrorist operation, codenamed 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 Kit's 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?

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