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Agent Running in the Field - John le Carré

Agent Running in the Field - John le Carré
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Title: Agent Running in the Field

Author:  John le Carré

ISBN:  9780241401231

Weight:  905g

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Agent Running in the Field by John le Carré

Nat, a 47 year-old veteran of Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service, believes his years as an agent runner are over.  He is back in London with his wife, the long-suffering Prue.  But with the growing threat from Moscow Centre, the office has one more job for him.

Nat is to take over The Haven, a defunct substation of London General with a rag-tag band of spies.  The only bright light on the team is young Florence, who has her eye on Russia Department and a Ukrainian oligarch with a finger in the Russia pie.

Nat is not only a spy, he is a passionate badminton player.  His regular Monday evening opponent is half his age: the introspective and solitary Ed.  Ed hates Brexit, hates Trump and hates his job at some soulless media agency.  And it is Ed, of all unlikely people, who will take Prue, Florence and Nat himself down the path of political anger that will ensnare them all.

Agent Running in the Field is a chilling portrait of our time, now heartbreaking, now darkly humorous, told to us with unflagging tension by the greatest chronicler of our age.

Peer & Press Reviews

Le Carré delivers a tale for our times, replete with the classic seasoning of betrayal, secret state shenanigans and sad-eyed human frailty, all baked into an oven-hot contemporary thriller…  Agent Running in the Field is right on the money, in psychology as much as politics, a demonstration of the British spy thriller at its unputdownable best.

Robert McCrum, Observer

Le Carré demonstrates once again his sublime elegance as a writer, and his delicate touch when portraying human failings in the shadowy world of espionage… subtle, wry and seamless, it’s an utter joy, from first page to last.

Daily Mail

A fine piece of storytelling.  It is a neat, compact, slow-burning tale with just the right amount of twisting and turning and misdirection.  Divided loyalties, uncertain motives, Russian agents, bureaucratic infighting, jaded spies, tatty offices – all of the things you want and expect from a high-quality le Carré thriller are here.

Times

Bibliographic Info

AttributeDetails
TitleAgent Running in the Field
Author
Book Features
Edition / printingFirst edition, first printing
Jacket noteOn the front of the jacket is a ‘signed copy’ sticker (see image).  As the paper used for the jacket has a SuperMatt laminate finish, WE DON’T ADVISE REMOVING THIS as it could result in a flaw known as Sticker Ghost.
Overall conditionFine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed

On a signature page, tipped-in directly before the half title page.

Printed on this page are the book’s title, the author’s name and the name of the imprint / publisher.

Book Stats
PublisherPenguin Random House
ImprintViking
Publication date
Printed byClays Ltd, Elcograf S.p.A.
ISBN 139780241401231
ISBN 100241401232
FormatHardcover with dust jacket
Pages281
Size (h x w x d)242 x 162 x 28mm
Image and Design Credits
Author photographNadav Kandar
Jacket designSuperfantastic

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