John le Carré

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A Most Wanted Man

book | Fiction | 2008
UK → Hodder and Stoughton
US → Scribner
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. 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.

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

Astounding, nearly perfect . . . beautifully paced, awesomely crafted . . . desperately readable" John Freeman
San Francisco Chronicle

A Most Wanted Man contains everything that has made its author one of the most important witnesses to our historical time Supriya Chaudhuri
The Telegraph (Calcutta, India)

This is le Carré’s strongest, most powerful novel… Extraordinary Alan Furst
The New York Times Sunday Book Review

This is bleak, brilliant, hypnotic stuff and yet another reason to count le Carre among this country's very finest contemporary writers. Unhesitatingly recommended Tim Martin
Independent on Sunday

"Le Carré continues to be the world’s most reliable witness to the vicissitudes of international paranoia; his books conceive of a Western world that has a costly obsession with its possible enemies; he shows you this world’s secret missions; its botched jobs, its manifold attempts to thwart the corrupting and sometimes terrifying idealism of others, while keeping the reader close to the exact lineaments of the way we live now.” Andrew O'Hagan
The New York Review of Books

One of the most sophisticated fictional responses to the war on terror yet published, a humane novel which takes on the world’s latest binarism and exposes troubling shades of grey. Hari Kunzru
The Guardian

It is a beautiful book... and you could scarcely wish for a novel more au courant. Rod Liddle
The Sunday Times

'...beautifully written, excruciatingly painful, cynical story of our times.' The Times