"Superb writing, precise portraiture, clever tricks of tradecraft--all Mr. le Carrï¿½'s hallmarks are present in this swift, surprising, bittersweet story."
--The Wall Street Journal
"So topical it arrives with the beeping urgency of a news alert."
--The Washington Post
"A word about le Carrï¿½'s prose: Not only does it hold the coiled energy of a much younger writer, it fits the bitter, angry narrator's voice exceptionally well."
"Le Carrï¿½ is one of the best novelists--of any kind--we have."
"Le Carrï¿½ remains a master at showing us what spies do, wily spiders to the unsuspecting flies they entrap."
"A tragicomic salute to both the recuperative powers of its has-been hero and the remarkable career of its nonpareil author."
"John le Carrï¿½ is the great master of the spy story. . . . The constant flow of emotion lifts him not only above all modern suspense novelists, but above most novelists now practicing."
"One of our great writers of moral ambiguity, a tireless explorer of that darkly contradictory no-man's land."
--Los Angeles Times
"No other writer has charted--pitilessly for politicians but thrillingly for readers--the public and secret histories of his times."