A Delicate Truth by John Le CarréA Delicate Truth by John Le Carré

A Delicate Truth

byJohn Le Carré

Hardcover | May 7, 2013

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2008: A covert counterterror operation code-named Wildlife is to be mounted on the Rock of Gibraltar. This one is right off the books; the target code-named PUNTER. The Brits on land, the American mercenaries by sea. Kit Probyn, an upright Foreign Office veteran with a safe pair of hands and no previous experience of the dark arts, will be the minister’s eyes and ears on the ground. His “red telephone.” Toby Bell, a rising Foreign Office star and the minister’s personal private secretary, has been kept out of the loop. Why? There are whispers of private armies, bounty, dicey intelligence, corporate wars.

2011: A disgraced Special Forces soldier who took part in Wildlife delivers a message from the dead. The worlds of Toby Bell and Kit Probyn collide. If the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing, at what point do these two good men become guilty bystanders?

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 Honourable Schoolboy; and Smiley’s People. His recent novels include The Constant Gardener, Absolute Friends, The Mission Song, ...
Title:A Delicate TruthFormat:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9.5 × 6.5 × 1.25 inPublished:May 7, 2013Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0670067164

ISBN - 13:9780670067169

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Editorial Reviews

“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… le Carré has not lost his ability to sketch, in a line or two, an entire character.” - New York Times"Le Carré is back at full power with a book that draws on a career's worth of literary skill and international analysis. Le Carré will almost certainly follow Greene in being denied the Nobel prize for literature, but no other writer has charted – pitilessly for politicians but thrillingly for readers – the public and secret histories of his times, from the second world war to the 'war on terror.'" - The Guardian“The bewitching nuances of Le Carré are all there, for this is writing of such quality that – as Robert Harris puts it – it will be read in one hundred years. Le Carré was never a spy- turned-writer, he was a writer who found his canvas in espionage, as Dickens did in other worlds. The two men deserve comparison.” - Daily Mail“Le Carré is as recognisable a writer as Dickens or Austen, with an often-imitated but never rivalled cast of seedy spies, false lovers, public schoolboys struggling with guilt, and charming but immoral leaders of the brutal establishment. Here he is again at 81, with his baroque characters and moral disgust intact in A Delicate Truth. ...This is vintage Le Carré and highly enjoyable. He is the master of the tightly crafted, interlocked plot, with characters who blow smoke, cause trouble and have chaotic affairs.” - Financial Times"I think he has easily burst out of being a genre writer and will be remembered as perhaps the most significant novelist of the second half of the 20th century in Britain. He will have charted our decline and recorded the nature of our bureaucracies like no one else has. But that's just been his route into some profound anxiety in the national narrative. Most writers I know think le Carré is no longer a spy writer. He should have won the Booker Prize a long time ago. It's time he won it and it's time he accepted it. He's in the first rank." - Ian McEwan, winner of the Man Booker Prize“As another exercise in the patented Le Carré formula for espionage novels, it succeeds admirably - the narrative drive and the workings of suspense are very strong and never let up. The language is crisp, the details not excessive for the most part, the occasional tip for armchair sleuths enlightening…we can still be grateful for what we have in such well-crafted specimens of [le Carré’s] art as A Delicate Truth.” - National Post“Le Carré is now 81, but his writing is as fresh and perceptive as ever…This is a very fine book. Read it as a thriller. Read it as a tract for our times. In either case you will not be disappointed.” - Waterloo Record