By John Le Carré
From the “literary grasp for a generation” - The London Observer comes a fiercely compelling and present novel set in Hamburg that performs to all of le CarrÉ’s trademark strengths— Germany, rival intelligence operations, and sympathetic protagonists who find a flavor for ethical integrity.
A half-starved younger Russian guy in an extended black overcoat is smuggled into Hamburg at dead of night. He has an unbelievable amount of cash secreted in a purse round his neck. He is a religious Muslim. Or is he? He says his identify is Issa.
Annabel, an idealistic younger German civil rights legal professional, determines to save lots of Issa from deportation. quickly her client’s survival turns into extra vital to her than her personal career—or protection.
In pursuit of Issa’s mysterious earlier, she confronts the incon- gruous Tommy Brue, the sixty- year-old scion of Brue FrÈres, a failing British financial institution dependent in Hamburg.
Annabel, Issa, and Brue shape an not going alliance—and a triangle of very unlikely loves is born. in the meantime, scenting a definite kill within the so-called struggle on Terror, the spies of 3 international locations converge upon the innocents.
Poignant, compassionate, peopled with characters the reader by no means desires to allow cross, A so much sought after guy is alive with humor, but prickles with pressure till the final heart-stopping web page. it's a paintings of deep humanity and unusual relevance to our times.
From Publishers Weekly
When boxer Melik Oktay and his mom, either Turkish Muslims dwelling in Hamburg, take up a road individual calling himself Issa in the beginning of this morally complicated mystery from le Carré (The undertaking Song), they trigger a sequence of occasions implicating intelligence firms from 3 international locations. Issa, who claims to be a Muslim clinical pupil, is, actually, a sought after terrorist and the son of Grigori Karpov, a pink military colonel whose enormous resources are hid in a mysterious portfolio at a Hamburg financial institution. Tommy Brue, a stereotypical improper everyman stuck up within the machinations of spies and counterspies, enters the plot while Issa's legal professional seeks to assert those resources. The ebook works top in its depiction of the rivalries besetting even post-9/11 intelligence enterprises that are meant to be allies, yet not one of the characters is as memorable as George Smiley or Magnus Pym. nonetheless, even a lesser le Carré attempt is much above the typical run of thrillers. (Oct.)
From Bookmarks Magazine
While this novel will be le Carre's first tackle espionage in Europe after the chilly struggle, critics couldn't be extra divided over its caliber. Alan Furst, himself one of many greats of the style, opines so much sought after guy may be one of many author's most sensible, now not for its content material lots as for its technical brilliance. yet different reviewers panned the paintings, arguing that le Carre's outrage over contemporary American intelligence practices distorts the plot and renders a few of the characters as mere cliches. possibly the consensus is so much sought after guy is an stress-free le Carre novel (and hence far better than so much thrillers)—but faraway from his best.
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In others only important words and phrases were enciphered. 24 Listening to the Russians were operators at the German radio station at Thorn. The chief had put the operators, who had long idle periods, to work eavesdropping on the enemy. 25 The basic Russian objective was first revealed, not by communications intelligence, but by acquisition of a Russian document. An order found on the body of a Russian officer who had been killed in battle on August 20, 1914, spelled out the Russian goals. 26 After a bloody battle with the German I Corps, Rennenkampf 's army was headed toward its rendezvous with Samsonov's troops.
26 Other British networks performed a variety of intelligence and intelligence-related functions. Five networks were engaged in watching aerodromes, reporting on German aircraft, and aiding downed Allied airmen to escape. 27 French Spies French spies also made their contribution to the Allied effort. The activities of agents in Belgium, Holland, and the portions of France under German control were directed by a joint British-French post at Folkestone. 28 One agent, who went by the pseudonym Carlos, was an Alsatian mobilized with the German army in 1914.
19 Train Watchers The beginning of the war threw the intelligence establishments of the major combatants into high gear. For Britain the Foreign Section, the Naval Intelligence Division, and the British Expeditionary Force all operated intelligence networks. Running agents in German-occupied France and Belgium was the responsibility of a Foreign Section network controlled by Cecil Aylmer Cameron, code-named EVELYN, from the Folkestone intelligence station in southern England. 20 22 1900-1939 The White Lady Intelligence Network, November 1918.