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Le Carre observes people and places so well. His characters' language and mannerisms; their likes and dislikes place them immediately in a society that I have no personal experience of but it is instantly recognisable. The 'whodunnit' becomes a vehicle to introduce you to jealousies, rivalries, arrogance, neuroses and vindictiveness in a small, introverted community in the late 50s but which exists everywhere in all times and walks of life. This is no Agatha Christie with contrived sets and cardboard, cut-out characters. This is real. And it is a relief to find his protagonist is not some smart, street-wise tough cop or girl-getting James Bond but an ordinary man-in-the-street without chiselled Hollywood features. Le Carre's second novel; nothing related to the post-war world of espionage; but a work of literature and modern relevance like everything he does.