Nearly five decades ago, John le Carré became an international sensation with the publication of his third novel, The Spy Who Came In from the Cold. His last novel, Our Kind of Traitor, won unanimous critical acclaim and hit the New York Times bestseller list just as the Oscar-nominated film version of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy introduced a new generation to his chillingly amoral universe.
A Delicate Truth opens in 2008. A counter-terrorist operation, codenamed Wildlife, is being mounted on the British crown colony of Gibraltar. Its purpose: to capture and abduct a high-value jihadist arms-buyer. Its authors: an ambitious Foreign Office Minister, a private defense contractor who is also his bosom friend, and a shady American CIA operative of the evangelical far-right. So delicate is the operation that even the Minister's personal private secretary, Toby Bell, is not cleared for it.
© Stephen Cornwell for White Hare 2010
John le Carré was born in 1931. His third novel, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold , secured him a world wide reputation, which was consolidated by the acclaim for his trilogy Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy , The Honourable Schoolboy and Smiley's People . His recent novels include The Constant Gardener , Absolute Friends , The Mission Song , and A Most Wanted Man . Our Kind of Traitor is his twenty-second novel.