A half-starved young Russian man is smuggled into Hamburg at dead of night. He has an improbable amount of cash secreted in a purse around his neck. He is a devout Muslim. Or is he? He says his name is Issa....
Annabel, an idealistic young German civil-rights lawyer, determines to save Issa from deportation. In pursuit of his mysterious past, she confronts the incongruous Tommy Brue, the 60-year-old scion of Brue Frères, a failing British bank based in Hamburg.
Annabel, Issa, and Brue form an unlikely alliance and a triangle of impossible loves is born. Meanwhile, scenting a sure kill in the 'War on Terror', the rival spies of Germany, England, and America converge upon the innocents.
©2008 David Cornwell (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.
I struggled a little to maintain interest, which is unusual as I generally enjoy Le Carre's books. I found my attention drifting and had to keep rewinding to follow the story.
Absolutely. He's one of the top thriller writers of a generation and I've been reading his books since the 1960s. His writing remains relevant and compelling.
He has a laconic, laid back delivery. Great timbre to his voice.
Stick with it, it does get better as the convoluted tale of treachery and double dealing develops.
As a fan of the Author ot pains me to say this was a bit of a struggle to get through. The characters were unpleasant and implausible. The plot was almost non-existent and the story just dragged. Compared to other Le Carre novels this is a weak effort. Very disappointing.
Narrative pace inconsistent, flagged in places, bogged down by unnecessary biographical details of officials. At other times action too hasty follow. Central character's motivation also inconsistent and unconvincing. I enjoyed it but consider it flawed.
I have either read or listened to almost every Le Carrier book and this is by far the worst.
Write about what he knows and not get on the anti-terrorist band wagon
A Storyline, Nothing happens.
Defined each character well.
Not enough storyline to cut anything.
11 hours of nothing.
I have listed to other le Carre stories before and enjoyed the sense of action, of things happening, a sense of danger. I would be tempted to listed to others relating the cold war.
This story just lacked any sense of immediacy. It just plodded and some of the things that happened felt like they were just put in to make sure that something had happened. Generally disappointing as a story. At the end I felt glad it was over and that's something that you shouldn't be thinking if the story is good.
Michael Jayston is an excellent narrator. His characterizations are very good and add to the overall enjoyment of any story he reads.
Just very disappointed. This one might be going back.
Good book and a good story, well read by the classic voice of John LeCarre
- Michael Jayston.
The plot explains very eloquently the complex financial methods of international terrorists. Incidents like this fill out a new screens.
I plan to buy the DVD and watch the film in the near future.
I could listen to michael jayston forever. A perfect voice for this work.
Will listen again to pay proper attention to the twists.
"If you like spy stories this is CLASSIC le Carre!!"
Great story and a fantastic performance by the narrator. This is typical real world le Carre at his best
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