|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.|
|From the Publisher:
The highly anticipated Penguin debut by John le Carre, "one of the most intelligent and entertaining writers working today" (Chicago Tribune)
In this new, exquisitely told novel, John le Carré shows us once again his acute understanding of the world we live in and where power really lies. In the wake of the collapse of Lehman Brothers and with Britain on the brink of economic ruin, a young English couple become helpless pawns in a game of nations that reveals the unholy alliances between the Russian mafia, the city of London, the government, and the competing factions of the British Secret Service.
Although money is tight during these recession times, Oxford academic Perry Makepeace and his attorney girlfriend, Gail Perkins, decide they deserve a vacation. Little do they expect that a man they will meet while relaxing in Antigua will change their lives forever. Under seemingly innocent circumstances, the young couple meets Dima Krasnov; soon they are spending much of their vacation time with this Russian man. And then Dima asks for their help--he wants to defect. But he doesn't tell Perry and Gail that he is a money launderer with deep connections to the Russian mafia. While the enemy is different than during the Cold War--a period rich in spy lore which John Le Carré has expertly mined while perfecting his spy-thriller craftsmanship--the action and intrigue have not paled in 2010, and OUR KIND OF TRAITOR is exemplary of Le Carré's finest work. Selected by Publishers Weekly as a 2010 Top 100 Book.
Born David Cornwell in Poole, Dorset, John Le Carr? attended Berne University in Switzerland and Lincoln College, Oxford, graduating in 1956 with a B.A. in modern languages. After tutoring at Eton for two years, he went to work for the British Foreign Service in Bonn and Hamburg from 1959 to 1964. Le Carr? is best known for his brooding international spy, the ironically named George Smiley. In fact, Smiley is a dark, disturbed agent mired in the lonely, cutthroat world of espionage where the line between good and evil is often blurred, and sometimes erased. Le Carr? pulls no punches in depicting the stark, inhuman nature of international intrigue. He first gained fame for the classic thriller THE SPY WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD (1963), which featured Smiley in a small, supporting role. When the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, many people predicted that Le Carr?'s career would die with the Cold War. But Le Carr? proved them wrong, finding newly relevant topics in the post-Cold-War world.
"Le Carré ratchets up the tension step-by-step until the sad, inevitable end. His most accessible work in years, this novel shows once again why his name is the one to which all others in the field are compared." (starred review)
"With his 22nd novel, OUR KIND OF TRAITOR, John le Carré -- our greatest living master of espionage fiction -- definitely is back at the top of his form, which is a heady place to be, indeed."
- Tim Rutten
"John le Carré is to spy fiction what Lindsay Lohan is to TMZ. It's hard to imagine one without the other. He is the papa of cold war spy novels....In his new book, OUR KIND OF TRAITOR, le Carré may not bring back the old-school secret agent, but he'll certainly warm the hearts of those of us who long for the era before Jack Bauer, when spies quoted P. G. Wodehouse and wore mackintoshes. "
- Chelsea Cain
"OUR KIND OF TRAITOR showcases le Carré's enthusiasm for rattling institutional cages -- and entertaining us -- with a ripping good story steeped in ugly truths."
- Carol Memmott