Agent Running in the Field

Agent Running in the Field

Book - 2019
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"[Le Carré's] novels are so brilliant because they're emotionally and psychologically absolutely true, but of course they're novels." -- New York Times Book Review

A new novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author 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.
Publisher: Toronto : Viking, 2019.
ISBN: 9781984878878
Branch Call Number: LE CARRE
Characteristics: 281 pages ; 24 cm


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Nov 11, 2019

Utterly boring, not a shred of logic, just a lefturd political hack. Zero stars.

Nov 03, 2019

The story reminded me of the Slough House stories by Mick Herron.

Oct 28, 2019

Nat awaits assignment from the British Secret Intelligence Service as part of middle age phase-down or work-up in the summer of 2019, when young Ed takes him up for a badminton match. No sooner does the Service deploy him to the Haven with a cancelled operation, is he diverted to a more intriguing one, where he has to be his own man, full of personal dilemma, wit notched up, imagination to write his rules. More character driven than cold war Le Carré, the new era found its star.

Oct 27, 2019

Disappointing. Le Carre has been been uneven since His Tinker Tailor/Smiley's People golden era. This is not one of his best and is a little unfocused.

debwalker Oct 05, 2019

Le Carre on his game. A call to resist populism.


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