Synopses & Reviews
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.
Le Carre's fiercely compelling and relevant novel about spies in "The War on Terror"--acclaimed by Alan Furst in the cover review of The New York Times Book Review as "one of the best novels he's ever written" is soon to be a major film.
A half-starved young Russian man is smuggled into Hamburg in the dead of night with 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, is determined to save Issa from deportation, even if the price is her career--and her safety. Searching for clues to his mysterious past, she confronts the incongruous sixty-year-old scion of a failing British bank--and a triangle of impossible loves is born.
Meanwhile, scenting a sure kill in the "War on Terror," the rival spies of three nations converge upon the innocents.
Thrilling, compassionate, peopled with characters the listener never wants to let go, A Most Wanted Man is a work of deep humanity with 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 Constant Gardner, The Little Drummer Girl, A Perfect Spy, The Russia House, Our Game, The Tailor of Panama, and Single & Single. He lives in Cornwall, United Kingdom.Roger Rees is an Associate Artist of the Royal Shakespeare Company. He received a Tony Award, an Olivier Award and an Emmy Nomination for his performance in the title role of The Life and Adventure of Nicholas Nickleby. He has directed numerous stage productions in the US and England. His appearances in television include guest-starring roles in Cheers, The West Wing and Grey's Anatomy.