A Delicate Truth

by John le Carre

Action / Adventure / Spy / Espionage Books of the Month - <b>July</b> Crime / Mystery Thriller and Suspense

LoveReading View on A Delicate Truth

May 2013 Book of the Month.

A tightly woven tale of moral dilemma, bold action and unexpected love from the undisputed master of the spy novel. Le Carré, seemingly effortlessly, delivers a  stunningly written, furiously paced yet subtly nuanced and absorbing read - it really is remarkably good.

Mary Mount, Editorial Director at Viking/Penguin, on A Delicate Truth...

'A Delicate Truth is one of le Carré’s finest novels. It is unbelievably tense but is also full of wit and brilliantly realised characters. It is extraordinary how le Carré is able to write with such tremendous pace while, at the same time, going right to the heart of who we are. A Delicate Truth is one of his most British books in recent years. I was stunned by it. It is a thrill and a privilege to publish a novel as good as this.'

A Delicate Truth Synopsis

Gibraltar, 2008. A counter-terror operation, codenamed Wildlife, is being mounted in Britain's most precious colony. 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. Cornwall, UK, 2011. A disgraced Special Forces soldier delivers a message from the dead. Was Operation Wildlife the success it was cracked up to be - or a human tragedy that was ruthlessly covered up? Summoned by Sir Christopher Probyn, retired British diplomat, to his decaying Cornish manor house, and closely observed by Probyn's beautiful daughter, Emily, Toby must choose between his conscience and duty to his Service. If the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing, how can he keep silent?

A Delicate Truth Press Reviews

'When I was under house arrest I was helped by the books of John le Carre ...they were a journey into the wider world...These were the journeys that made me feel that I was not really cut off from the rest of humankind.' Aung San Suu Kyi


'One of those writers who will be read a century from now.' Robert Harris


'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

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ISBN: 9780670922796
Publication date: 25/04/2013
Publisher: Viking an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780670922796
Publication date: 25th April 2013
Author: John le Carre
Publisher: Viking an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Hardback
Genres: Action Adventure / Spy, Books of the Month, Crime / Mystery, 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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