By John Le Carré
From the “literary grasp for a generation” - The London Observer comes a fiercely compelling and present novel set in Hamburg that performs to all of le CarrÉ’s trademark strengths— Germany, rival intelligence operations, and sympathetic protagonists who find a flavor for ethical integrity.
A half-starved younger Russian guy in an extended black overcoat is smuggled into Hamburg at dead of night. He has an unbelievable amount of cash secreted in a purse round his neck. He is a religious Muslim. Or is he? He says his identify is Issa.
Annabel, an idealistic younger German civil rights attorney, determines to save lots of Issa from deportation. quickly her client’s survival turns into extra vital to her than her personal career—or security.
In pursuit of Issa’s mysterious previous, she confronts the incon- gruous Tommy Brue, the sixty- year-old scion of Brue FrÈres, a failing British financial institution dependent in Hamburg.
Annabel, Issa, and Brue shape an not going alliance—and a triangle of very unlikely loves is born. in the meantime, scenting a yes kill within the so-called warfare on Terror, the spies of 3 international locations converge upon the innocents.
Poignant, compassionate, peopled with characters the reader by no means desires to permit cross, A such a lot sought after guy is alive with humor, but prickles with stress till the final heart-stopping web page. it's a paintings of deep humanity and unusual relevance to our times.
From Publishers Weekly
When boxer Melik Oktay and his mom, either Turkish Muslims residing in Hamburg, absorb a highway individual calling himself Issa in the beginning of this morally complicated mystery from le Carré (The challenge Song), they trigger a sequence of occasions implicating intelligence corporations from 3 international locations. Issa, who claims to be a Muslim scientific scholar, is, in truth, a sought after terrorist and the son of Grigori Karpov, a crimson military colonel whose massive resources are hid in a mysterious portfolio at a Hamburg financial institution. Tommy Brue, a stereotypical unsuitable everyman stuck up within the machinations of spies and counterspies, enters the plot whilst Issa's legal professional seeks to say those resources. The e-book works most sensible in its depiction of the rivalries besetting even post-9/11 intelligence corporations that are supposed to be allies, yet not one of the characters is as memorable as George Smiley or Magnus Pym. nonetheless, even a lesser le Carré attempt is way above the typical run of thrillers. (Oct.)
From Bookmarks Magazine
While this novel could be le Carre's first tackle espionage in Europe after the chilly struggle, critics couldn't be extra divided over its caliber. Alan Furst, himself one of many greats of the style, opines so much sought after guy will be one of many author's most sensible, no longer for its content material rather a lot as for its technical brilliance. yet different reviewers panned the paintings, arguing that le Carre's outrage over fresh American intelligence practices distorts the plot and renders some of the characters as mere cliches. maybe the consensus is such a lot sought after guy is an relaxing le Carre novel (and for this reason far better than such a lot thrillers)—but faraway from his best.
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