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    DescriptionA 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. 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. A triangle of impossible loves is born. Meanwhile, scenting a sure kill in the so-called War on Terror, the spies of three nations converge upon the innocents. Poignant, compassionate, peopled with characters the reader never wants to let go, A Most Wanted Man is alive with humour, yet prickles with tension until the last heart-stopping page. It is also a work of deep humanity, and uncommon relevance to our times.


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    Title
    A Most Wanted Man
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) John Le Carré
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 352
    Width: 157 mm
    Height: 242 mm
    Thickness: 30 mm
    Weight: 596 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780340977064
    ISBN 10: 034097706X
    Classifications

    BIC subject category V2: FJ
    BIC E4L: GEN
    DC22: 823.914
    BIC subject category V2: FA, FH
    Libri: ENGM1010
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F2.1
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 11200
    Libri: ENGL3030
    BISAC V2.8: FIC019000, FIC030000, FIC006000
    Thema V1.0: FJ, FBA, FH
    Publisher
    Hodder & Stoughton General Division
    Imprint name
    Hodder & Stoughton Ltd
    Publication date
    23 September 2008
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    John le Carre was born in 1931. His recent novels include ABSOLUTE FRIENDS, THE MISSION SONG and THE CONSTANT GARDENER which was turned into an Oscar-winning film. A MOST WANTED MAN is his twenty-first novel.
    Review quote
    'One of the most sophisticated fictional responses to the war on terror yet published, a humane novel which takes on the world's latest binarism and exposes troubling shades of grey.' Guardian, Hari Kunzru One of the most sophisticated fictional responses to the war on terror yet published, a humane novel which takes on the world's latest binarism and exposes troubling shades of grey. Guardian, Hari Kunzru 'A wry, warm, compassionate and ultimately deeply cynical and disillusioned story of the state of human relationships and power politics in the first decade of the 21st century.' The Times, Peter Millar A wry, warm, compassionate and ultimately deeply cynical and disillusioned story of the state of human relationships and power politics in the first decade of the 21st century. The Times, Peter Millar A MOST WANTED MAN is a first-class novel about the most pressing moral and political concerns of our time, not least the scandal of extraordinary rendition. Few writers, and certainly none with le Carre's profile, are tackling these issues with any like the same thoroughness and vigour. Telegraph, Charles Cumming 'A Most Wanted Man is a first-class novel about the most pressing moral and political concerns of our time, not least the scandal of extraordinary rendition. Few writers, and certainly none with le Carre's profile, are tackling these issues with any like the same thoroughness and vigour.' Telegraph, Charles Cumming 'Where literary novelists so often fear to tread, John le Carre has plunged deep using traditional thriller territory to examine the shadowy side of power, as his latest novel does deftly. From its intriguing opening to its pointed conclusion, this should easily maintain le Carre's high standing among his fans.' Metro, Robert Murphy Where literary novelists so often fear to tread, John le Carre has plunged deep using traditional thriller territory to examine the shadowy side of power, as his latest novel does deftly. From its intriguing opening to its pointed conclusion, this should easily maintain le Carre's high standing among his fans. Metro, Robert Murphy A gripping read Daily Mail, Stella Rimington 'A gripping read' Daily Mail, Stella Rimington 'Once again le Carre proves he's so much more than a thriller writer, but tackling very urgent themes with rare insight and clarity.' Daily Mirror, Henry Sutton Once again le Carre proves he's so much more than a thriller writer, but tackling very urgent themes with rare insight and clarity. Daily Mirror, Henry Sutton le Carre is back on form in a cracking terror plot Daily Express, Barry Forshaw 'le Carre is back on form in a cracking terror plot' Daily Express, Barry Forshaw 'This is a cautionary tale, rich in humanity, from a master storyteller back at the peak of his powers.' The Glasgow Herald, Allan Laing This is a cautionary tale, rich in humanity, from a master storyteller back at the peak of his powers. The Glasgow Herald, Allan Laing The spy novel is well suited to treating larger themes of paranoia, perfidy and loss of innocence, and here A MOST WANTED MAN is particularly successful. Hamburg, beneath the prosperous surface, is a cauldron of suspicion and betrayal... The state itself is a malevolent parent, betraying its children's trust for dark reasons only dimly understood... the drawing of the humane and intelligent Annabel and the decent and honourable Brue into a world of political brutalism, blackmail and lies moves John le Carre's novel out of the playground of the adventure story and into the grown-up realm of tragedy. Times Literary Supplement, T.O. Treadwell 'The spy novel is well suited to treating larger themes of paranoia, perfidy and loss of innocence, and here A Most Wanted Man is particularly successful. Hamburg, beneath the prosperous surface, is a cauldron of suspicion and betrayal... The state itself is a malevolent parent, betraying its children's trust for dark reasons only dimly understood... the drawing of the humane and intelligent Annabel and the decent and honourable Brue into a world of political brutalism, blackmail and lies moves John le Carre's novel out of the playground of the adventure story and into the grown-up realm of tragedy.' Times Literary Supplement, T.O. Treadwell 'John le Carre's powerful new novel proves that his narrative power and abiding humanity remain intact.' Sunday Times Culture, Stephen Amidon John le Carre's powerful new novel proves that his narrative power and abiding humanity remain intact. Sunday Times Culture, Stephen Amidon A MOST WANTED MAN is le Carre's 21st book, and another winner. This is a book about political and private corruption, and its plot revolves around the most ferociously debated policies in terror-frightened Europe. le Carre handles his material with a rare lightness of touch that's absent from most contemporary portraits of counter-terrorism: This is black, brilliant, hypnotic stuff and yet another reason to count le Carre among this country's very finest contemporary writers. Unhesitatingly recommended. Independent on Sunday, Tim Martin 'A Most Wanted Man is le Carre's 21st book, and another winner. This is a book about political and private corruption, and its plot revolves around the most ferociously debated policies in terror-frightened Europe. le Carre handles his material with a rare lightness of touch that's absent from most contemporary portraits of counter-terrorism: This is black, brilliant, hypnotic stuff and yet another reason to count le Carre among this country's very finest contemporary writers. Unhesitatingly recommended.' Independent on Sunday, Tim Martin
    Review text
    Government knaves and compromised idealists duel over the fate of an alleged terrorist in le Carre's latest examination of The Way We Spy Now.A gaunt stranger in a long black overcoat materializes one night near the docks of Hamburg. Calling himself Issa, speaking only Russian, identifying himself as a Chechen Muslim, he attaches himself to Turkish heavyweight champion Melik Oktay, who gives him shelter, and Annabel Richter, the Sanctuary International lawyer who begins the long fight to normalize his position in Germany. The case for deporting Issa is strong. He'd been imprisoned in his homeland, then again in Sweden, where he'd been smuggled before escaping to Hamburg. But Issa holds one trump card. His father, Col. Grigori Borisovich Karpov, was one of a handful of Russian gangsters who opened a Lipizzaner account at the private banking firm of Brue Freres years ago. If Issa claimed the funds due his father, he'd be a rich man. Despite the urging of Annabel and Tommy Brue, the guilt-ridden heir of Brue Freres, Issa doesn't want the money; he only wants to be granted asylum and study medicine. Or is he, as the intelligence agencies of Germany and Britain contend, a jihadist who's arrived in Hamburg to work some frightful act of terror? As Annabel labors to keep Issa hidden from the authorities until she's secured his legal status and Brue struggles to reconcile his commission from his father's criminal clients with the safety of his bank and himself, Gunther Bachmann, of Germany's domestic intelligence service, warily tracks the new arrival, only to find himself under pressure from a pair of clownish but menacing British agents whose deep-laid plans have roots a generation deep.The story can't possibly end well, and it doesn't. But le Carre (The Mission Song, 2006, etc.), without lecturing, deftly puts human faces and human costs on the paranoid response to the threat of terrorism. (Kirkus Reviews)