“Le Carre's latest tale, set in Germany and involving foreign bank accounts, an unwanted legacy, and intelligence services run amuck, is the best work in years from our greatest living practitioner of the genre.”
Issa is a half-starved young Russian man in a long black overcoat that is smuggled into Hamburg in the dead of night. He has a large amount of cash in a purse around his neck. He is a devout Muslim. Or is he; Annabel, a German civil rights lawyer, is determined to save Issa from deportation, and soon her client's survival becomes more important to her than her own career -- or safety. In pursuit of Issa's mysterious past, she confronts Tommy Brue, a 60-year-old scion of Brue Freres, a failing British bank based in Hamburg. While Issa, Annabel and Brue form an unlikely alliance, spies from deep inside the intelligence agencies of three nations operating in the War on Terror -- converge upon them.