The author is in a very sensitive area here,the relationships between Arab and Jew, Palestine and Israel,all worked out on a terrorist playing field. Hardly a reader exists who does not have an emotional involvement with the dispute.... and yet, Le Carre creates sympathy and understanding for both sides. A dispassionate tour-de-force.
The prose is sometimes dense and the book requires great concentration- it is definately too long and probably too slow, although the passing of time is essential to the story-line.
Despite these flaws, this is arguably Le Carre's best book, as he handles a highly-contentious issue with great sensitivity.