Agent Running in the Field (Hardback)John le Carré (author)
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Promising to address “the division and rage at the heart of our modern world”, John Le Carré’s 25th novel is an espionage thriller ripe for our age. Following on the heels of his acclaimed and timely return, A Legacy of Spies - as well as the popular adapted revivals of The Night Manager and The Little Drummer Girl - it’s the work of a writer at the height of his powers.
'No other writer has charted - pitilessly for politicians but thrillingly for readers - the public and secret histories of his times.' - TheGuardian
Nat, a 47 year-old veteran of Britain's Secret Intelligence Service, believes his years as an agent runner are over. He is back in London with his wife, the long-suffering Prue. But with the growing threat from Moscow Centre, the office has one more job for him. Nat is to take over The Haven, a defunct substation of London General with a rag-tag band of spies. The only bright light on the team is young Florence, who has her eye on Russia Department and a Ukrainian oligarch with a finger in the Russia pie.
Nat is not only a spy, he is a passionate badminton player. His regular Monday evening opponent is half his age: the introspective and solitary Ed. Ed hates Brexit, hates Trump and hates his job at some soulless media agency. And it is Ed, of all unlikely people, who will take Prue, Florence and Nat himself down the path of political anger that will ensnare them all.
Agent Running in the Field is a chilling portrait of our time, now heartbreaking, now darkly humorous, told to us with unflagging tension by the greatest chronicler of our age.
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 576 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 29 mm
'A very classy entertainment about political ideals and deception.' - The Guardian
'The old spycraft still reigns supreme… all of the things you want and expect from a high-quality Le Carre thriller are here.' - The Times
'What's most remarkable is the way in which le Carre can still produce set-pieces of a type that he more or less invented 50 years ago and, at the age of 87, do them better than his scores of imitators.' - The Sunday Telegraph
'... once le Carré’s game is in full swing, he is close to unbeatable… a novel about spies and statecraft, and about marriage and parenthood too, with a mellow, affectionate wisdom to round out the drama and political zeal.’ - The Sunday Times
'No other writer has charted - pitilessly for politicians but thrillingly for readers - the public and secret histories of his times.' - The Guardian
'John le Carre is as recognisable a writer as Dickens or Austen.' The Financial Times
'No writer has ever been better at turning the act of two people talking politely to each other across a desk into a blood sport.' The Telegraph
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“A great contemporary spy story.”
A brilliantly writer who just keeps on adding more to his ever growing list of novels. A very contemporary spy story, with mentions of Brexit, Trump and Putin, by the way they do not intrude. Nat is in his late... More
“One of his best”
Brilliant suspense novel with believable characters, and a chilling warning of the abyss the nation is in danger of being suckered into.
“Badly printed, low quality porous paper”
Not able to read this book, paper appears translucent and shows the print from the obverse. Can’t imagine who commissioned this substrate. Will wait for a reprint or, horror, will have to wait for paperback!
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