Our Kind of Traitor
The unrivaled master of spy fiction returns with a taut and suspenseful tale of dirty money and dirtier politics. For nearly half a century, John le Carré's limitless imagination has enthralled millions of readers and moviegoers around the globe. From the cold war to the bitter fruits of... show more
The unrivaled master of spy fiction returns with a taut and suspenseful tale of dirty money and dirtier politics. For nearly half a century, John le Carré's limitless imagination has enthralled millions of readers and moviegoers around the globe. From the cold war to the bitter fruits of colonialism to unrest in the Middle East, he has reinvented the spy novel again and again. Now, le Carré makes his Viking debut with a stunning tour-de- force that only a craftsman of his caliber could pen. As menacing and flawlessly paced as The Little Drummer Girl and as morally complex as The Constant Gardener, Our Kind of Traitor is signature le Carré. 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 vory (Russian criminal brotherhood) compatriots and expose corruption throughout the so-called legitimate financial and political worlds. Soon, the guileless couple find themselves pawns in a deadly endgame whose outcome will be determined by the victor of the British Secret Service's ruthless internecine battles. Watch a Video
Publish date: April 26th 2011
Pages no: 306
Edition language: English
(original review, 2010)About a third of the way through “Our Kind of Traitor”, I sat back and reflected on the elegance of the prose and the grace and ease with which the narrative moved back and forth through time, and two words came inescapably to mind: Joseph Conrad. I can't believe, after all th...
Our kind of Traitor starts with a young couple on holiday in Antigua, who are introduced by the resident tennis pro to a man called Dima. Little do they know that a random (or is it?) acquaintance at a tennis court will change their lives. The next thing we know is that the couple is being interview...
Definitely more 3.5/5 stars than 3. This was my first [a:John le Carré|1411964|John le Carré|https://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1234571122p2/1411964.jpg], and I plan on making it the first of many.
Loved this one. My only other Le Carré to date is "Spy Who Came Into the Cold", which it took me a while to settle into, until I realized that no-one (including the narrative voice) was to be trusted. In this one, we are given a pair of outsiders, not unsophisticated but definitely naive, as our way...
I love le Carré, the writing is excellent, well-drawn characters whom you care about, but I am starting to dread reading his books, as all his recent books seem to end up with the 'baddies' (in this case, corrupt politicians, bankers etc..) getting the upper hand. Not being a conspiracy theorist my...
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