A rather disappointing novel - not up to Le Carre's usual standard. Set in Panama, a garrulous and imaginative tailor to the great and good is recruited as a spy. His fabrications have unforeseen and tragic consequences. While sections of it are enjoyable, they are set in a mediocre whole, along with some chapters that are so dull it was a struggle to keep reading.
The principle character, Pendel the tailor, is irritating. Some of the supporting characters are more interesting but because the book focuses on Pendel they provide only brief enjoyable interludes. Although the principle behind the story is a good idea, it becomes bogged down in complex politics and I found it disjointed and hard to keep the thread of the story.
The two star rating reflects the fact that this isn't an actively bad novel, just rather lacklustre. It does have some good parts which show glimpses of Le Carre's normal quality of writing. This is probably a novel for dedicated fans of the genre only. For non-fans I'd recommend trying another of Le Carre's novels instead.