New spies with new loyalties, old spies with old ones; terror as the new mantra; decent people wanting to do good, but caught in the moral maze; all the sound, rational reasons for doing the inhuman thing; this is the fabric of John le Carre's current novel 4 Most Wanted Man.
A half-starved young Russian man in a long black overcoat is smuggled into Hamburg at dead of night. He has an improbable amount of cash secreted in a purse round 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. Soon her client's survival becomes more important to her than her own career - or safety. In pursuit of Issa's mysterious past, she confronts the incongruous Tommy Brue, the sixty-year-old scion of Brue Freres, 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.
In this provocative tale from bestselling spy novelist John le Carre, two Turkish Muslims are living in Hamburg when they kindly offer shelter to a desperate homeless man named Issa. Their act of kindness soon turns into a full-on red alert in three different countries when it is revealed that Issa is in fact a wanted terrorist. Innocent people are soon pulled into a complicated maze of spies and government conspiracies, raising many questions about the nature of morality and what is right or true. Le Carre is the author of the great spy classic THE SPY WHO CAME IN THE FROM THE COLD. THE MOST WANTED MAN was selected by the New York Times Book Review as a Notable Book of 2008.
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- August 4, 2009
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