Tense Spy Thriller
A young teacher, vacationing with his girlfriend, is asked to play a friendly tennis match with a fellow guest. From the tennis court, John le Carré’s thriller takes you through the shadowy world of espionage, the Russian mafia and the global black money network. The best spy writer of the Cold war era is just as good 20 years after the Wall fell. Le Carré’s taut writing keeps the tension throughout the book without a single car chase or shootout. I love how le Carré’s books start from the most unlikely places – a tennis resort in this book – and then build up to a crescendo. Great story-telling, flawed but likable human characters, fast paced narration that keeps the imagination working. Definitely worth reading.