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The Night Manager

3.8  ·  Rating details ·  9,878 Ratings  ·  770 Reviews
In the shadowy recesses of Whitehall and Washington an unholy alliance operates between the intelligence community and the secret arms trade. Jonathan Pine is ready to stand up and be counted in the fight against this ultimate heart of darkness. His mission takes him from the cliffs of west Cornwall, via northern Quebec and the Caribbean, to the jungles of post-Noriega Pan ...more
Paperback, 597 pages
Published September 21st 2006 by Sceptre (first published June 28th 1993)
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Warwick
A slinky international thriller about post-Cold War geopolitics, crammed full of damaged antiheroes, corrupt politicians, worn-out spies, megarich drug-runners and frustratingly vulnerable women. It opens in Zurich and rapidly expands to take in detailed sketches of Quebec, the Bahamas, Miami, the Netherlands, Central America and Cornwall – so that there is a kind of travelogue element to the action, not unlike the feeling in those early Bond movies where audiences partly just wanted to see some ...more
James Thane
Aug 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Jonathan Pine is the night manager at a hotel in Cairo. A beautiful woman named Sophie, who is the mistress of an Arab playboy and would-be arms dealer named Freddie Hamid, asks him to photocopy some documents for her and then to keep the copy in the hotel safe. Pine reluctantly agrees to do so and speed-reads the documents as he does.

The papers describe an arms deal that Hamid is attempting to orchestrate with a very wealthy and very bad man named Richard Roper. Pine is a patriotic Englishman a
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Description: In the shadowy recesses of Whitehall and Washington an unholy alliance operates between the intelligence community and the secret arms trade. Jonathan Pine is ready to stand up and be counted in the fight against this ultimate heart of darkness. His mission takes him from the cliffs of west Cornwall, via northern Quebec and the Caribbean, to the jungles of post-Noriega Panama. His quarry is the worst man in the world.

John le Carré on The Night
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Matthew
Aug 07, 2008 rated it liked it
One of the more interesting aspects of Ian Fleming's James Bond series is the fact that, although Bond is ostensibly a spy, he really doesn't do very much spying: he doesn't invisibly infiltrate enemy lines, doesn't uncover valuable hidden information. Instead, it would be more accurate to describe him as a kind of tuxedoed one-man death squad, dispatched to periodically fuck up the life of some eccentric megalomaniac or super villain.

By comparison, the spooks in LeCarre's novels really spend t
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Sr3yas
Mar 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
I was planning to read "The Honorable Schoolboy (1977)" as my third le Carré novel. But as fate would have it, I stumbled upon a TV show trailer on YouTube.

Tom Hiddleston + Hugh Laurie + le Carré ?!
Sign me up!

So before watching the show, I decided to read the novel.
❝ Promise to build a chap a house, he won't believe you. Threaten to burn his place down, he'll do what you tell him. Fact of life.❞

The story introduces Jonathan Pine, an ex-soldier turned night manager for luxury hotels. It was
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Darwin8u
Oct 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
"Every man has his personal devil waiting for him somewhere."
-- John le Carré, The Night Manager

description

"WAR is a racket. It always has been.

It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives.

A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of the people. Only a small "inside" group knows what it is
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Jennifer
Disclaimer: I only read this book because they're making a TV version, and Tom Hiddleston is going to play the protagonist.

With that out of the way, I have to say, I struggled mightily with this book.

The plot--man infiltrates criminal organization to seek revenge on the man who heads said organization—should have made for a compelling novel, but it just...didn't. In my opinion, of course.

Overall it was plodding and slow, and could never really hold my attention for very long. I could easily put
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Paul
Nov 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-read-2016
Jonathan Pine is the Night manager at a luxury hotel in Cairo. A conversation with a guest late one night opens his eyes to the dark underworld of the arms trade; this guest Sophie asks him to pass some documents to the Egyptian authorities, which he does, but he sends a copy onto a friend in MI6 too, even though she warned him that Roper has contact with the British security services. A short while later she is found murdered, and it dawns on Pine that he may be responsible for her death.

Six mo
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Σωτήρης  Αδαμαρέτσος
Έχει γραφτεί πως ο Λε Καρέ αντιπροσωπευει επάξια σήμερα την ψυχή και το ύφος της λεπτής γραφής της λογοτεχνίας, όπως παλαιότερα ο Κονραντ! Απλά ο Κονραντ χρησιμοποιεί ως καμβά τις ναυτικες ιστορίες, ενώ ο Λε Καρέ τις κατασκοπευτικες.
Όντας φανατικός αναγνώστης και των δύο, το επιβεβαίωνω!!!

Η περιγραφή και το ύφος των έργων του Λε Καρέ δείχνουν πραγματικά ότι ο συγγραφέας δουλεύει το κείμενο του συνειδητά. Όπως και ο Κονραντ (και ίσως ο Ντικενς) μέσα στην ιστορία ο Λε Καρέ θα αναπτύξει όλα τα πρ
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Jenny
Jan 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, thriller
The Night Manager is about courage, redemption and love of country. To run away from his demon and fail marriage Jonathan Pine became a night manager at the Hotel Meister Palace in Zurich. However, Jonathan Pine demon followed him. Jonathan Pine loves his country, so he agrees to become British Secret Agents to find the killer of a woman who died in the Hotel. However, unbeknown to Jonathan the investigation became complicated and would change him forever. The readers of The Night Manager will f ...more
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John le Carré, the pseudonym of David John Moore Cornwell (born 19 October 1931 in Poole, Dorset, England), is an English author of espionage novels. Le Carré has resided in St Buryan, Cornwall, Great Britain, for more than 40 years, where he owns a mile of cliff close to Land's End.

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