A Delicate Truth Paperback – 10 April 2014
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No other writer has charted - pitilessly for politicians but thrillingly for readers - the public and secret histories of his times, from the Second World War to the "War on Terror" ― Guardian
One of those writers who will be read a century from now -- Robert Harris
With A Delicate Truth, le Carré has in a sense come home. And it's a splendid homecoming . . . Satisfying, subtle and compelling ― The Times
The perfectly paced, exquisitely cynical style that is le Carré's hallmark ― Sunday Times
The master of the modern spy novel returns . . . this is writing of such quality that - as Robert Harris put it - it will be read in one hundred years ― Daily Mail
A brilliant climax, with sinister deaths, casual torture, wrecked lives and shameful compromises ― Observer
A writer of towering gifts . . . le Carré is one of the great analysts of the contemporary scene, who has a talent to provoke as well as unsettle ― Independent
John le Carré takes us back to his favourite scenarios: Whitehall, the secret services, the gentleman's clubs, dodgy bankers, corrupt public schoolboys and gruesome American neo-cons . . . revelling once more in that imaginary world of secrets and lies that is le Carré's gift to us ― Evening Standard
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- Publisher : Penguin (10 April 2014)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0241965187
- ISBN-13 : 978-0241965184
- Item Weight : 326 g
- Dimensions : 12.9 x 2.5 x 19.8 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #133,056 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I'd recommend instead 1. Little Drummer Girl 2. Smiley's People 3. A perfect Spy.
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Reading during Covid gives me a different perspective; and in the grim days of Bumble Johnson makes it more poignant. Looking at it as an avid reader, it's really very good.
A Delicate Truth is le Carré’s take on Extraordinary Rendition and the increasing involvement of private contractors in national security in the late days of the New Labour government in 2008. It deals with an operation in Gibraltar to exfiltrate a terror suspect which, it emerges later, has gone badly wrong. Much of the book is concerned with the activities and fate of two Foreign Office officials who try to act as whistle-blowers.
It’s a decent story and the last sections are quite tense and exciting, but as a book it’s not in the same league as the great Smiley novels, for example, or the recent, excellent A Legacy Of Spies. Part of the problem, I think, is that le Carré is plainly (and rightly) outraged by what he describes and his indignation affects his style. The calm, measured tone which gives the great novels such impact is replaced by a more frenetic feel, including the modern fad for a fractured timescale. Both these things diminished the book for me.
This is still well worth reading, but my recommendation does come with reservations.