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John Le Carré redefined spy thrillers when he wrote The Spy Who Came in from the Cold in just three weeks in 1963. Since then he has grown into a true master, whose books strip open truths about how we live now alongside gripping stories. A Delicate Truth is indeed a very delicately plotted book with hints and insinuations of real events, from the death of David Kelly to recent ministerial scandals, laced into its fictionalised plot and the entire plot turns on a breathtaking trick that will have you wanting to burst into spontaneous applause it’s so brilliant.
With A Delicate Truth, le Carre has, in a sense, come home. And it's a splendid homecoming...Satisfying, subtle and compelling . (The Times). A counter-terror operation, codenamed Wildlife, is being mounted in Britain's most precious colony, Gibraltar. Its purpose: to capture 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. Three years later, when the horrifying truth behind Operation Wildlife is uncovered, Toby will be forced to 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? A brilliant climax, with sinister deaths, casual torture, wrecked lives and shameful compromises . (Observer). This is writing of such quality that - as Robert Harris put it - it will be read in one hundred years . (Daily Mail). Perhaps the most significant novelist of the second half of the twentieth century in Britain . (Ian McEwan).
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 Carre 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 Telegraph
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 - Guardian
One of those writers who will be read a century from now -- Robert Harris
With A Delicate Truth, le Carre has in a sense come home. And it's a splendid homecoming ... Satisfying, subtle and compelling - The Times
Publication date: 10/04/2014
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publication date: 25/04/2013
Publisher: Viking an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
|Publication date:||10th April 2014|
|Author:||John le Carré|
|Publisher:||Penguin Books Ltd|
|Genres:||Action Adventure / Spy, eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction, Thriller / Suspense,|
|Categories:||Thriller / suspense,|
John le Carré 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. His works include The Spy Who Came in from the Cold; Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy; Smiley's People; The Little Drummer Girl; A Perfect Spy; The Russia House; and Absolute Friends. Author photo © White Hare LtdMore About John le Carré