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He found it in Mr. Anderson of British Intelligence. Working for Anderson in a clandestine facility, Salvo as he's known translates intercepted phone calls, bugged recordings, and snatched voice-mail messages. When Anderson sends him to a mysterious island to interpret during a secret conference, Bruno thinks he is helping Britain--but then he hears something he should not have.

Over the course of his seemingly irreproachable life, Magnus Pym has been all things to all people: a devoted family man, a trusted colleague, a loyal friend - and the perfect spy. But in the wake of his estranged father's death, Magnus vanishes, and the British Secret Service is up in arms. Is it grief, or is the reason for his disappearance more sinister? And who is the mysterious man with the sad moustache who also seems to be looking for Magnus? Perry and Gail are idealistic and very much in love when they splurge on a tennis vacation at a posh beach resort in Antigua.

But the charm begins to pall when a big-time Russian money launderer enlists their help to defect. In exchange for amnesty, Dima is ready to rat out his compatriots and expose corruption throughout the so-called legitimate financial and political worlds. Soon, the guileless couple find themselves pawns in a deadly endgame.

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Her putative African lover and traveling companion, a doctor with one of the aid agencies, has vanished from the scene of the crime. Tessa's much older husband, Justin, a career diplomat at the British High Commission in Nairobi, sets out on a personal odyssey in pursuit of the killers and their motive. With the Cold War over, a new era of espionage has begun. In the power vacuum left by the Soviet Union, arms dealers and drug smugglers have risen to immense influence and wealth. The sinister master of them all is Richard Onslow Roper, the charming, ruthless Englishman whose operation seems untouchable.

He is back in London with his wife, the long-suffering Prue. But with the growing threat from Moscow Centre, the office has one more job for him. Nat is to take over The Haven, a defunct substation of London General with a rag-tag band of spies. The only bright light on the team is young Florence, who has her eye on Russia Department and a Ukrainian oligarch with a finger in the Russia pie.

Le Carre's Panama is a Casablanca without heroes, a hotbed of drugs, laundered money and corruption. In a legendary novel that appears to predict the Cuban Missile Crisis of , Graham Greene introduces James Wormold, a vacuum cleaner salesman whose life in transformed when he is asked to join the British Secret Service. He agrees, and finds himself with no information to offer, so begins to invent sources and agencies which do not exist, but which appear very real to his superiors. An extraordinarybook for anyone eager to understand the hidden motives that shape our lives.

We are all storytellers—we create stories to make sense ofour lives. But it is not enough to tell tales; there must be someone to listen. In his work as a practicing psychoanalyst, Stephen Grosz hasspent the last twenty-five years uncovering the hidden feelings behind our mostbaffling behavior. The Examined Life distills more than fifty thousandhours of conversation into pure psychological insight without the jargon. A Delicate Truth opens in A counter-terrorist operation, codenamed Wildlife, is being mounted on the British crown colony of Gibraltar.

Its purpose: to capture and abduct a high-value jihadist arms buyer. Its authors: an ambitious Foreign Office Minister, a private defense contractor who is also his bosom friend, and a shady American CIA operative of the evangelical far right. Was Operation Wildlife the success it was cracked up to be - or a human tragedy that was ruthlessly covered up? If the only thing necessary to the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing, how can he keep silent?

He dares the reader to follow him in his role as a latter-day Jeremiah of espionage and statecraft.

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I loved loved loved being read to by Le Carre! The narration is actually excellent once your ear tunes into him, except for one questionable production choice, an incident of which pops up in the audio sample provided: A "handler" when on a telephone echoes like bad long distance circa cold war landlines.

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This is not characteristic of the listen as a whole, however. There are some now standard le Carre characters and political stances, but what delightful dialogue, character observation and sharp turns-of-phrases. Graham Greene would have loved this entertainment. This novel reminds me of why I love reading.

Having the author tell me the story and "turn his own phrase" and "bite" his own dialogue is icing. I really enjoy John LeCarre books. They are all so erudite. However, I have two complaints with this reading. First, the language of the British elite becomes very annoying over time and very difficult to understand for a non-Britisher.

Do they really speak this way? I even tried to listen to the book at. My second complaint is that this plot seemed exactly like The Constant Gardener. It's nice to think that there are people like the protagonist who is willing to sacrifice his life for "the truth" but I find it hard to believe that a person with his experience in Government service would have stayed in this service. The fact that several innocents who are collateral damage in a botched plot would drive all of these hard bitten men to sacrifice their lives is too much to swallow. I think the statement by the "bad guy" at the end who said, "if you want to see collateral damage, watch the films of drone strikes," was really the most rational argument against the protagonist's idealistic pleadings.

The plot veered to much towards a "Bourne Identity" one in that every move the protagonist made was instantly known and acted upon by the Government and its henchment and undercut LeCarre's belief that the Government was stupid and plodding. The fact implied in the book that the Government was bought and paid for by private industry and that its agents had the ability to instantaneously react to a phone call is not believable. The ultimate feeling one comes away with is that the situation is hopeless and all good mens' actions are a waste of time and they will die in the attempt to fulfill their ideals.

Wasn't that the take away from The Constant Gardener? Would you listen to A Delicate Truth again? I may have missed a nugget. The characters jumped to life, LeCarre played them just as he wrote them.

Nobody else could have done them justice. Any additional comments? Full of intrigue, inuendo and invective. LeCarre crafting a barely plausible plot with a cast of familiar, worn out Whitehall types and fresh faced field agents in the best tradition of Pym. No distracting, disingenuous foreign types here, no deserts, Central American dictatorships or Multinational baddies. Just the pallid, sneaky, which side are you on Brits plying their tradecraft through England and Wales green and pleasant land.

A Delicate Truth by John Le Carré – review

An espionage novel that works well outside the Cold War, cerebral but not pretentious. First of all, he's a marvelous reader. Usually I hate it when an author wants to read his own book, but he was great. He had accents for everyone. He just couldn't do it for women though. And the story is intricate enough to deserve a second listen. But I want more too. Write faster please. This is vintage Le Carre at its best. I read other reviews before I chose it, and I have to say that I don't understand why people found the ending disappointing. Paul goes to Gibraltar and joins a small team of British Special Forces.

The covert operation which is directed by Quinn and an employee of "security contractors" Ethical Outcomes named Elliot is compromised when Quinn and Elliot insist that the soldiers raid an abandoned house where, despite the absence of proof, they assume a high-ranking jihadist is hiding and insist that the operation was a success. Quinn's newly appointed Private Secretary , Toby Bell, becomes suspicious of his secretive nature and his close ties with Jay Crispin, the founder of Ethical Outcomes.

Bell sees Quinn with Crispin during diplomatic trips to Brussels , Prague , and Berlin , and learns that the two met during Quinn's time at Harvard.

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Bell learns that Quinn was saved from scandal after it was discovered that Crispin was found running a privatised spy shop within the Ministry of Defence. Bell learns that Quinn and Crispin are still secretly meeting in London. Against all the rules, Bell makes a recording of a meeting on Operation Wildlife. In , Sir Christopher "Kit" Probyn, now retired and living in Cornwall is surprised by the British team's commander, Jeb, who informs him they had not captured the jihadist leader but had killed an innocent woman and her child.

Probyn contacts Jay Crispin, who assured him that nobody was killed during the operation. Jeb then provides Probyn a detailed account of the botched operation, and the two decide to meet and write a complete report on Wildlife. When Jeb fails to show up at the meeting, Probyn contacts Toby Bell to test where his loyalty lies.

Probyn is surprised to discover that Bell was kept entirely in the dark about Wildlife and that his entire knowledge of the case stems from the taped meeting record. Toby acquires a lead on Jeb from medical doctor Emily Probyn, Kit's daughter.

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Inquiring on the whereabouts of Jeb, they discover him assassinated, with the murder poorly disguised as suicide and signs of a police cover-up. Kit Probyn attempts to trigger an official investigation by communicating his half of the Wildlife dossier to the Foreign Office, but is rebuffed and threatened with a secret trial.

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Toby contacts "Shorty", Jeb's former teammate and now a henchman of Crispin's, in the hope of extracting information and possibly recruit him for his investigation. Beforehand, Toby contacts Oakley, now a private banker, in the hope of acquiring his support, but is rebuffed. At the meeting with "Shorty", Toby is abducted by Crispin's henchmen and led to his lair. Crispin attempts to recruit Toby, but the latter refuses, reasoning that the offer is a sign that Crispin is actually afraid of him, having overreached so much with Jeb's murder that his high-ranking connections will not protect him anymore.

Toby returns home, where he is beaten to within an inch of his life by unidentified attackers, as a warning not to pursue further.

He is rescued by Dr. Emily Probyn; soon after, Oakley, having had a change of heart, transmits the "Aftermath and Recommendations" dossier on Wildlife to Toby. Sirens are heard coming from all directions.

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