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Paranoia Stalks the Corridors,
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This review is from: A Delicate Truth (Hardcover)
One of my favourite parts of Tinker Tailor is when Guillam 'borrows' the file on Witchcraft from the MI6 library under the noses of his bosses. I like the tradecraft of it and the paranoia. The first hundred or so pages of A Delicate Truth gave me the same feeling. Le Carre on good form I felt - concise, exciting writing - the powers that be on the march, corrupt and horrible. He refers to the dying days of New Labour in a post-script, and certainly the weasel-like and suspicious David Miliband came to mind, but so did the appalling and shifty Liam Fox and his nauseating pal, Adam Werrity.
The story is engrossing and reasonably credible, except, as some reviewers have mentioned that the apathy present in today's public would probably mean no cover-up was required. Nonetheless this is a very good book and I thought some of the over romantic melodrama that sometimes creeps into Le Carre's work was mainly absent. It was a great, if rather depressing read and I would recommend it.
What a body of work since The Spy Who Came in From the Cold! One of the best British writers. Alex Ferguson managed his last home game today. As with Sir Alex, we will miss Le Carre when he is gone. Which writer understands better how the government, the civil service, the spys, the lawyers and the police in this sometimes squalid and unpleasant little country work?