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A Delicate Truth (Paperback)
  • A Delicate Truth (Paperback)

A Delicate Truth (Paperback)

Paperback Published: 25/04/2013
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A counter-terror operation, codenamed Wildlife, is being mounted in Britain's most precious colony, Gibraltar. Its purpose: to capture and abduct a high-value jihadist arms-buyer. Its authors: an ambitious Foreign Office Minister, and a private defence contractor who is also his close friend. So delicate is the operation that even the Minister's Private Secretary, Toby Bell, is not cleared for it. Suspecting a disastrous conspiracy, Toby attempts to forestall it, but is promptly posted overseas. Three years on, summoned by Sir Christopher Probyn, retired British diplomat, to his decaying Cornish manor house, and closely watched by Probyn's daughter Emily, Toby must choose between his conscience and his duty to the Service. If the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing, how can he keep silent? "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." (Guardian). "The master of the modern spy novel returns ...this is writing of such quality that - as Robert Harris put it - it will be read in one hundred years. John le Carre 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). "A brilliant climax, with sinister deaths, casual torture, wrecked lives and shameful compromises". (Observer). "Perhaps the most significant novelist of the second half of the 20th century in Britain". (Ian McEwan). John le Carre 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. For the last fifty years he has lived by his pen. He divides his time between London and Cornwall.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780241004340

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Paperback edition
30th April 2013
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“Fine vintage Le Carre”

Once into the first two pages of Le Carre's latest tale and I felt I was home again with the style and steady build-up of pace I've admired down the years. The plot may appear demanding in parts - but... More

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29th May 2013
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“le Carre -the master”

Having finally finished this greatly anticipated novel by "the master" John le Carre, I am pleased to report I was not in any way disapponted! The first thing that struck me was the clever, ironic (even... More

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26th April 2013
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