Agent Running in the Field

Le Carre is back and he is as good as ever. Agent Running in the Field is a classic Le Carre spy novel but set in 2019 with sharply observed comment on Trump, Brexit and our government.

Nat is an end of career spy who has returned to England after a mid level career overseas. Nat is given one last assignment, to manage a small group of defectors in a run down department in London. As often happens in a Le Carre plot there is a cross over between Nat’s personal life and the intelligence services.

This is brilliant, I couldn’t put it down. It twists and turns and surprises without ever seeming contrived. Made me want to go back and reread the whole Smiley series again.


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