Our Kind of Traitor (Paperback)John le Carré (author)
…It’s a dangerous world out there, Perry. Perhaps you haven’t heard about that, but the rest of us have, and we endeavour to live with it. With all due respect, I would strongly advise you to go with the flow.
Britain is in the depths of recession. Peregrine "Perry" Makepiece , a left-leaning young Oxford academic and his barrister girlfriend take an off-peak holiday on the Caribbean island of Antigua. By seeming chance they bump into a Russian millionaire called Dima who owns a peninsula and a diamond-encrusted gold watch. He also has a tattoo on his right thumb, and wants a game of tennis.
What else he wants propels the young lovers on a tortuous journey through Paris to a safe house in the Swiss Alps, to the murkiest cloisters of the City of London and its unholy alliance with Britain's Intelligence Establishment.
'If you want to know about the state of Britain today, forget the Booker shortlist. Just read John le Carré's latest thriller.' Evening Standard
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 343 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 29 mm
A compelling tale of deceit, dialogue and the author's own despair . . . This is a story with frenzy at its heart -- James Naughtie * Daily Telegraph *
John le Carre's bullet train of a new thriller is part vintage John le Carre and part Alfred Hitchcock . . . The author's most thrilling thriller in years * The New York Times *
If you want to know about the state of Britain today, forget the Booker shortlist. Just read John le Carre's latest thriller * Evening Standard *
Few recent plays have had dialogue as good, and few recent literary novels can boast a set of characters so vividly imagined. Our Kind of Traitor is a teasing, beguiling, masterly performance * Sunday Times *
A compelling tale of deceit, dialogue and the author's own despair John le Carre's greatest gift may be his ear, which allows him to pick up a tremor of fear in the softest voice or a false note in any exchange of words and play with them to his heart's content. He can therefore create, in dialogue, a trembling soundscape that has a pitch-perfect quality * Sunday Telegraph *
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“a book at bedtime”
Le Carre is the consumate thriller writer and this book maintains his high standard. Very difficult to put down and is highly recommended.
“Not vintage, but still good”
With Le Carré, you don’t get mad action. You get people. This is no exception. It’s certainly not his greatest work, but it’s still a lot better than a lot of spy novels that are out there. Perhaps, it is ultimately a... More
“Our Kind of Traitor”
This is the first time reading one of his books and i found it a very enjoyable read.I thought the characters were really believable but the timeline skipping back and forth took a bit of time to get used to but after... More
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