A Delicate Truth

By John Le Carre
(Viking Books, Hardcover, 9780670014897, 309pp.)

Publication Date: May 7, 2013

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A counter-terrorist operation, codenamed "Wildlife," is being mounted on the British crown colony of Gibraltar. Its purpose: to capture and abduct a high-value jihadist arms buyer. Its authors: an ambitious Foreign Office Minister, a private defense contractor who is also his bosom friend, and a shady American CIA operative of the evangelical far-right. So delicate is the operation that even the Minister's personal private secretary, Toby Bell, is not cleared for it.
Three years later, a disgraced Special Forces Soldier delivers a message from the dead. Was "Operation Wildlife" the success it was cracked up to be--or a human tragedy that was ruthlessly covered up? Summoned by Sir Christopher ("Kit") Probyn, retired British diplomat, to his decaying Cornish manor house, and closely observed by Kit's daughter, Emily, Toby must choose between his conscience and duty to his Service. If the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing, how can he keep silent?



About the Author
John le Carre was born in 1931 and attended the universities of Bern and Oxford. He taught at Eton and served briefly in British Intelligence during the Cold War. His third novel, "The Spy Who Came in from the Cold", secured him a world wide reputation, which was consolidated by the acclaim for his trilogy "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Honourable Schoolboy and Smiley s People". His recent novels include "The Constant Gardener, Absolute Friends, The Mission Song", "A Most Wanted Man, "and "Our Kind of Traitor". He divides his time between London and Cornwall.
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