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To write a not so glowing review about one of John Le Carre's books is surly tantamount to sacrilege! This was my first time to read one of his books. I found myself fighting to stay with the story, often reading a page or two but thinking about the day that was, or the day to come, and having to focus my concentration and re-read again. To sum up, it was like walking through dry, sticky mud in gumboots two sizes too big. (Sorry for my blasphemy Le Carre lovers).