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Single & Single | [John le Carre]

Single & Single

This is a story of corrupt liaisons between criminal elements in the new Russian states and the world of legitimate finance in the West. It is also an intimate portrait of two families. Masterful and prescient, le Carré is writing at the top of his creative powers, and the central protagonist, Oliver Single, is one of his most fascinating characters.
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Publisher's Summary

A lawyer from the London finance house of Single & Single is shot dead on a Turkish hillside by people with whom he thought he was in business. A children's magician in the English countryside is asked by his bank to explain the unsolicited arrival of more than five million pounds sterling in his young daughter's modest trust. A freighter bound for Liverpool is boarded by Russian coast guards in the Black Sea. The celebrated London merchant venturer "Tiger" Single disappears into thin air.

In Single & Single, the writer who both epitomizes and transcends the novel of espionage opens with a haunting set piece, then establishes a sequence of events whose connections are mysterious, complex, and compelling. This is a story of corrupt liaisons between criminal elements in the new Russian states and the world of legitimate finance in the West. le Carré's finest novel in years, it is also an intimate portrait of two families: one Russian, the other English; one trading illicit goods, the other laundering the profits; one betrayed by a son-in-law, the other betrayed, and redeemed, by a son.

©1999 John Le Carré; (P)1999 Hodder Headline Audiobooks, All Rights Reserved; 1999 First Simon & Schuster Edition; AUDIOWORKS Is an Imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster Inc.

What the Critics Say

"[Le Carré is] more than just a great storyteller. In Single & Single, he captures the Zeitgeist itself." (Tom Wolfe)
"...the finest imaginative social historian of the postwar years." (The London Times Literary Supplement)

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    Chris new york, NY, United States 11-30-11
    Chris new york, NY, United States 11-30-11 Member Since 2008
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    "True performance art..."

    Another great novel by the Dean of spycraft. For inveterate LeCarre readers, having the author read his own work makes this read infinitely more rich. This listens like an old time serial radio drama with Mr LeCarre performing all of the characters. I want to go back and read his other novels now that I've heard him speak through these characters

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    Stef San Carlos, CA, United States 09-05-06
    Stef San Carlos, CA, United States 09-05-06 Member Since 2005
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    "Missing the magic"

    I normally avoid abridged versions of books, but I picked this up because it was read by Le Carre himself and I thought perhaps that meant it would be OK. Le Carre is a reasonably good, if somewhat uneven reader. However, I was disappointed in the abridgement. What makes Le Carre novels great in my opinion - all the poetic detail that paints the characters and their surroundings - was missing. (I went to my paper copy of the novel to see if it was there, and it was.) Pretty much only the plot was left. It was an OK plot, but not the magical experience that full length Le Carre audio has been for me. (I highly recommend all of the full length Le Carre novels narrated by David Case/Frederick Davidson.)

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    "Another Fine LeCarre Tale"

    Enjoyed every minute of it, and superbly narrated by the author. I highly recommend if you enjoy LeCarre's carefully plotted stories and rich character paintings.

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    Louis Madigan New York, NY USA 05-18-03
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    "More Father & Son Tension"

    If you liked A Perfect Spy, this is a great followup. A great listen.

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