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How sad to see such a 'past master' of complex,subtle,involving stories produce such rubbish. In the past I have been able to savour le Carre's work and whilst not wanting to put the books down have not wanted them to finish either! With "A most wanted man" I felt I had to keep checking that I was really reading one of le Carre's books and cound not wait for it to end (I kept hoping it might improve - a vain hope!). There is little by way of plot and the characters are hollow and totally unbelievable. In particular the relationship between the banker and lawyer is laughable.The 'security' people are straight out of a comic. I could go on but I really don't want to waste any more time on this book.
Paraphrasing A. Alvarez's autobio title, Le Carre fans must continue in the wilderness wondering how a "favorite" author once more disappoints. Mr. Cromwell continues to finger contemporary international areas of conflict ahead of most genre writers. But his development seems to be "type writing volume" to fill space before a final resolve.
His inkblot analysis of each character has become more than one wants to know. None of characters is sympathetic. Their interactions are unbelievable. Their love fantasies are laughable. Their dialog is tedious.
Le Carre is indeed one of the great writers of the last 50 years. Future works I am sure will continue to be published and sell. But I have given up, finally, of expecting his early genius to be met again.