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If One Tells The Truth,
This review is from: A Delicate Truth (Hardcover)
The first time I read 'The Spy That Came In From The Cold', I remember the first page and then not much until I finished the book. This novel feels much the same. The first chapter confusing, trying to figure out who's who and what is what. Finally, realizing that as this story unfolds, it is brilliant. Paul, Jeb, Eliot, Giles, Toby, Crispin and Emily, all characters that come to life. Gibraltar, Cornwall, London, Beirut, the Caribbean, these are the places for the world of the Intelligence Service.
Le Carré's novels have changed, his characters have come to life with humor and emotion. It is the 'little people' that are the heroes of this story. No more spies, it is the everyday Joe up against the big machine of arms and politics. Paul,aka Kit Probyn, was drawn into a mysterious game as a low level government worker. The job was finished,and he settled down in the country with his wife and daughter to the good life. Now, he finds out this game was not without consequences, and he and Toby Bell, a diplomat are trying to find and report the truth. This is a masterful story that comes alive with suspense as new truths unfold and old truths are found misleading.
There is a lot of political correctness gone awry in this novel. The issue of England and the US working together in clandestine versions of one cover-up after another. So, these two individuals come together to find the truth and to spread light upon dark waters. I do hope we are able to follow Toby Bell in his career. Truth and justice, will it prevail? Le Carre is at the top of his game once again. The Cold War has come and gone. The new era is upon us.
Highly Recommended. prisrob 05-15-13
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Initial post: 28 Oct 2014 13:33:02 GMT
I agree this is an excellent book. The subtle twists and turns are brilliant and the revelation that Kit had assumed the identity of Paul was cleverly unfolded to notch up the tension. Consequently your review needs a warning that it contains spoilers!!! Incidentally your final comment 'I do hope we are able to follow Toby Bell in his career' gave me cause for optimism because the ending after such a tremendous build up was rather disappointing and left me to draw negative conclusions. Is there another story about Toby Bell in the offing? I do hope so!
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