A half-starved young Russian man 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. In pursuit of his mysterious past, she confronts the incongruous Tommy Brue, the 60-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, scenting a sure kill in the ‘War on Terror’, the rival spies of Germany, England and America converge upon the innocents.
©2008 David Cornwell (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.
Great story and a fantastic performance by the narrator. This is typical real world le Carre at his best
"What happend? they made this into a film"
I have either read or listened to almost every Le Carrier book and this is by far the worst.
Write about what he knows and not get on the anti-terrorist band wagon
"A modern spy thriller"
I could listen to michael jayston forever. A perfect voice for this work.
Will listen again to pay proper attention to the twists.
"Plods along and goes nowhere, But well read."
A Storyline, Nothing happens.
Defined each character well.
Not enough storyline to cut anything.
11 hours of nothing.
I have listed to other le Carre stories before and enjoyed the sense of action, of things happening, a sense of danger. I would be tempted to listed to others relating the cold war.
This story just lacked any sense of immediacy. It just plodded and some of the things that happened felt like they were just put in to make sure that something had happened. Generally disappointing as a story. At the end I felt glad it was over and that's something that you shouldn't be thinking if the story is good.
Michael Jayston is an excellent narrator. His characterizations are very good and add to the overall enjoyment of any story he reads.
Just very disappointed. This one might be going back.
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