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Agent Running in the Field

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  52 ratings  ·  14 reviews
A new novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author John le Carré

Set in London in 2018, Agent Running in the Field follows a twenty-six year old solitary figure who, in a desperate attempt to resist the political turbulence swirling around him, makes connections that will take him down a dangerous path. In his plot and characterization le Carré is as thrilling as ever and
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Hardcover, 272 pages
Expected publication: October 22nd 2019 by Viking
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Tea Jovanović
Oct 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Maestro of written word... Ingredients of this spy novel are all current goings on... It's hard to be objective for someone who has been his Serbian editor for years... Pure spy novel pleasure mixed with lingustic pleasure...
Mark
Sep 18, 2019 rated it liked it
At the age of eighty-eight, there is no doubt that the John Le Carre that I revere is fully present. The narrative voice employed in this novel is fantastic, as we follow a middle-aged spy who has come in from abroad and is stationed in a dead-end job in London (think a more serious version of Mick Herron's Slough House). And interesting questions are raised about what loyalty to country means in the age of Brexit and Trump. But Le Carre does not hit a home run with every book; the story told he ...more
Linda Bond
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
With everything that’s going on in our world today, it’s hard to imagine anyone being able to put together a great spy story that takes it all in. But, of course, John Le Carré is up to the task. He gives us a mid-life agent who thinks he’s semi-retired, except he’s not. Instead he has to take on the task of running a slightly off-kilter enclave in London that’s about to get itself into very hot water. Nat and his wife Prue, plus energetic devotee Florence, are about to follow the angry Ed down ...more
Martina
Aug 15, 2019 marked it as to-read
A new novel from John LeCarre! This fall is shaping up to be a great reading period! The book pubs October 22, 2019.
Deon Stonehouse
Oct 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Nat is an aging spy with three passions, the work he loves, his family, and badminton. His wife, Prue, a respected attorney, has stood by him through all his faraway postings, staying home raising their daughter and building a solid career.

Now back in London, at 47 Nat is afraid he will be put out to pasture. He thrives in the field, has let his work take him away from his family for years as he concentrated on Russia. It was dangerous work that he thought relative to Britain’s national securit
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Kathleen Gray
Oct 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'm torn about this latest from the best espionage writer ever. On the one hand, there's considerable pleasure in reading the complex mystery Le Carre has created. He's nailed it, once again, on the details of espionage, counterintelligence, counterespionage, internal politics, and so on. On the other, the subplot of how awful Donald Trump and Brexit are and that this is a reason to commit treason left me cold. Yes, it's a legitimate and no doubt real reason for some but it made this less escapi ...more
Richard
Oct 15, 2019 marked it as to-read
Recommended to Richard by: https://www.economist.com/books-and-a...
matthew
Oct 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
More like 3.5 stars
Symon Vegro
I realise I’m very hard to please. I couldn’t put this book down - literally - and yet have only given it 3 stars. I did think about giving it 4 stars, and then decided that I ought (if these ratings are to mean anything) attempt to define some sort of parameters for each rating (recognising of course that it’s all a bit of fun, and subjective anyway). Thus:

5 stars. Utterly brilliant. Deeply moving and/or inspiring and/or with wonderful characters and/or plots and/or just plain fanta
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Becky Kelly
Oct 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What an author. Absolutely deservedly my favourite author of all time. Another cracking book, I hope he never stops writing. 5 stars.
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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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