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Our Kind of Traitor

by John le Carre

Action / Adventure / Spy / Espionage Thriller and Suspense

LoveReading View on Our Kind of Traitor

A naive British academic encounters a Russian oligarch in the Caribbean and the spider's web of global espionage unwinds in waves around them. The ambiguities of the secret world brought up to date. Le Carre at his best. ~ Maxim Jakubowski

The Lovereading view...

This is Le Carre at his spellbinding best.  His characters are so richly sketched and brilliantly imagined and there is no one to beat him for the quality of his dialogue which just slips off the tongue and into one’s subconscious but in such a way that it will never be forgotten.  Le Carre has proven here that he’s not just the King of the Cold War but also of the modern, murky and sometimes rather nasty world in which we now live.

Click below to view the trailer for the film adaptation of this book which opens in the UK on 13 May 2016.

Maxim Jakubowski

Our Kind of Traitor Synopsis

An English couple, Perry and Gail, are taking 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.

Our Kind of Traitor Press Reviews

'A remarkable book by the master' Daily Telegraph

'A story with frenzy at its heart ... A compelling tale of deceit, dialogue and the author's own despair' -- James Naughtie

'[A] bullet train of a thriller ... part vintage John le Carre and part Alfred Hitchcock' The New York Times

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ISBN: 9780241975015
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Format: Paperback

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Book Information

ISBN: 9780241975015
Publication date: 21st April 2016
Author: John le Carre
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Genres: Action Adventure / Spy, Books Behind TV & Film, Thriller / Suspense,

About John le Carre

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 Ltd

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