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4.0 out of 5 stars
engaging read, 23 Feb 2007
I don't usually persevere with books that take a long time to get going, but this was definitely worth sticking with. The trouble at the beginning for me was that I didn't really know who the story would focus on (Woodrow was a bit of a red herring), and it was a good couple of hundred pages before I really wanted to pick it up every time I saw it. But the characters do develop, and as Justin escapes the clutches of the diplomatic service to discover what happened to his wife, the plot goes along at a good pace. The story uncovers some pretty harsh observations about what goes on in the Third World with regard to pharmaceutical products, and Le Carre says himself at the end that compared to the reality, this book reads like a holiday postcard. Tessa's character was haunting, and I felt that by the end I knew her quite well, though she had been killed before the story opens. It has inspired me to question what goes on in the world a little more.