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Agent Running in the Field

Agent Running in the Field 2

A Novel

by John Le Carré

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 15/10/2019

4/5 Rating 2 Reviews
RRP  $32.99 $26.75

The greatest chronicler of the age turns his incisive gaze to the tumultuous present in this superb new thriller.

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.

Espionage & spy thriller
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
Penguin Books, Limited
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
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  • agent running in the field.

    by on

    JOHN LE CARRE' can't put a foot wrong in my opinion. The story begins quite smoothly but then along come the surprises.

  • Another cookie cutter from Le Carré

    by on

    If you’re happy with the lightweight stuff Le Carré has been dishing up since the Smiley era, this will fit the bill. The book is well written but the underlying plot is typically obscure. The now-familiar character types are present – the loyal, ageing and slightly put-upon under-achieving English civil servant who may or may not be a spy, his brilliant wife, their difficult or even bratty daughter and the usual mix of his pompous and/or ignorant masters. And, as is not uncommon, there’s some Chechens thrown in for reasons unknown. As usual, one or more of the characters is or are tasked with riding into battle on Le Carré’s anti-American hobby horse with his increasing disdain for his own country trotting along behind.
    A new development is that we are now told which words require emphasis via the prolific use of italics, a feature I find unnecessary and somewhat annoying. Still, people like me buy and read anything Connelly or Grisham put out so there’s no reason Le Carré should be treated differently.