A previous negative view of Red Gold seems to downgrade it because it isn't a shoot-em-up, James Bond takeoff. It isn't. What it is is a continuation of the life of Jean Casson in occupied France during World War II, a tale begun in The World at Night. Another novel should be in the works. It reminded me of Somerset Maugham's spy novel (or reminiscences) Ashenden, written in the style of Eric Ambler. My only complaint is in the title: it's not about Russian red gold. The atmospherics are good, the geography is accurate, and it blends with the events in other books in his WWII series. Yes, Casson mainly reacts to outside events, but he's mainly interested in staying alive and out of the hands of the Gestapo. His work making films is lost in wartime France, leaving him without a professional anchor. Citrine has disappeared from his life, leaving him without an emotional anchor. But he does not despair. I look forward to the continuation of his story, just as I look forward to the continuation of the story of The Polish Officer.
There's a quotation from the Times on the cover: "As good as le Carre." I think he's better. His books lack the air of sophisticated cynicism that le Carre's books have. His characters get on with life in the most difficult of circumstances, and I salute him for that.