Our Kind of Traitor

By John le Carre
(Viking Adult, Hardcover, 9780670022243, 320pp.)

Publication Date: October 12, 2010

Other Editions of This Title: Compact Disc, Paperback, Hardcover, Paperback

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the November 2010 Indie Notables
“Adapting to the changing times, John le Carre long ago abandoned the Cold War for more relevant milieus. This time the subject is the frightening world of the Russian Mob and high stakes, global-reaching, money laundering. Inspired by a newspaper clipping, it is a story of loyalties, altruism, defections, and collapsing ethics, where high ranking spymasters enrich themselves by leaving the service to rub shoulders with the element upon which they formerly spied.”
-- Darwin Ellis, Books on the Common, Ridgefield, CT


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The unrivaled master of spy fiction returns with a taut and suspenseful tale of dirty money and dirtier politics.

For nearly half a century, John le Carré's limitless imagination has enthralled millions of readers and moviegoers around the globe. From the cold war to the bitter fruits of colonialism to unrest in the Middle East, he has reinvented the spy novel again and again. Now, le Carré makes his Viking debut with a stunning tour-de- force that only a craftsman of his caliber could pen. As menacing and flawlessly paced as The Little Drummer Girl and as morally complex as The Constant Gardener, Our Kind of Traitor is signature le Carré.

Perry and Gail are idealistic and very much in love when they splurge on a tennis vacation at a posh beach resort in Antigua. But the charm begins to pall when a big-time Russian money launderer enlists their help to defect. In exchange for amnesty, Dima is ready to rat out his vory (Russian criminal brotherhood) compatriots and expose corruption throughout the so-called legitimate financial and political worlds. Soon, the guileless couple find themselves pawns in a deadly endgame whose outcome will be determined by the victor of the British Secret Service's ruthless internecine battles.




About the Author

John le Carr� 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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