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.
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Slow to get in to
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.
Another classic from John Le Carre.
- I. Finlayson