A Perfect Spy combines espionage with the crumbling walls of a constructed life, built on shadows, broken promises and best intentions and conflicted loyalties.
Magnus Pym is as robust and elsuive a character you will find among Le carre's books.
To classify John Le Carre as a spy writer is to do yourself and readers a disservice. It is true that his years in British Intelligence give undeniable weight to his stories, but Le Carre is so intent on the person also, the idiosyncracies that you are borne along by the characaters paths as much as the story itself.
Magnus is deeply flawed, conflicted and heartbreaking. And as he is torn between his two masters, Axel and Brotherhood, Magnus slips from the worlds he has created from childhood into another, where he attempts to integrate himself, explain himself to his son by broken letters as both recruiters search for their missing agent.
le Carre is a writer who makes me care about whatever it is he writes about. when A Perfect Spy was released he had written many well received books, but this was roundly heiled as his finest. I love it.