Amazing how Le Carre keeps himself so current even at this age. But, the contemporary settings only serve as device to put across the political context. The rest of the story and characters are period agnostic. So, the two - backdrop and the storyline - doesn't quite merge. Still riveting - tho' may not be among his top 5 or top 10 even. But, a Le Carre fan can't miss it, of course.