A Most Wanted Man by John le Carre

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Now a major film starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe, and Robin Wright—the acclaimed bestselling novel about spies in “The War on Terror.”

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 around 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 Frères, a failing British bank based in Hamburg.

Annabel, Issa, and Brue form an unlikely alliance—and a triangle of impossible loves is born. Meanwhile, sensing a sure kill in the “War on Terror,” the rival spies of Germany, England, and America converge upon the innocents.

Thrilling, compassionate, with characters you’ll never forget, A Most Wanted Man is a work of deep humanity and uncommon relevance to our times.

About John le Carre

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JOHN LE CARRÉ, the author of twenty-two novels, is the pseudonym for David Cornwell, who was a member of the British Foreign Service from 1959 to 1964. Many of his books have been made into films, including The Constant Gardener; The Russia House; The Little Drummer Girl; and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.
Published October 4, 2008 by Scribner. 513 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, History, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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Government knaves and compromised idealists duel over the fate of an alleged terrorist in le Carré's latest examination of The Way We Spy Now.

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John le Carré’s new novel examines spying in the post-9/11 era.

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The Guardian

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Le Carré's minor characters are never less than spot-on, but his three main ones are oddly shoehorned into emotions that we, the readers, fail to share with them.

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Entertainment Weekly

A young Russian who mysteriously pops up in Hamburg is at the center of A Most Wanted Man, the latest from John le Carré, king of the modern spy novel.

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Tampa Bay Times

As le Carre weaves Tommy, Issa and Annabel into an improbable alliance, he cuts over to the equally improbable allegiances among German spies, police and British spooks who are tracking the three's actions from an increasingly close distance.

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Le Carre continues to build his legacy as a master storyteller of the spy genre with A Most Wanted Man, a new spy tale bringing together the worlds of a Muslim Chechen refugee, a British banker, and a German lawyer as they try to survive a maze of morality, patriotism, and mercy.ProsA plethora of...

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