A Small Town in Germany

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Penguin, 2011 - Intelligence service - 315 pages
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West Germany in the 1960s is a simmering cauldron of radical protests. Amid the turmoil Leo Harting, a Second Secretary in the British Embassy, has gone missing - along with more than forty Confidential embassy files. Alan Turner of the Foreign Office must travel to Bonn to recover them. As he gets closer to the truth of Harting's disappearance, he will discover that the face of Cold War Europe - and the attentions of the British Ministry itself - are far uglier that he could possibly have imagined. Le Carr 's searing Cold War novel creates a world where the lines between right and wrong, good and evil, are horribly blurred. 'Brilliant, unforgettable . . . a masterpiece.' New Statesman'Exciting, compulsively readable and brilliantly plotted.' The New York TimesWith an Introduction by Hari Kunzru

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User Review  - BooksForDinner - LibraryThing

Well, I'm a big le Carre' fan, but this was a little much for me. Well written of course, but it was the never ending Q and A. I'm exhausted now, and I wasn't the one being interrogated. Read full review

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User Review  - librisissimo - LibraryThing

Substance: Suspense in post-WW2 Bonn, digging up old secrets, artful misdirection. Anything more would spoil things for the next reader. Style: A bit terse for my taste. Read full review

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About the author (2011)

John le Carr was born in 1931. His third novel, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, secured him a worldwide 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 A Most Wanted Man, Our Kind of Traitor and A Delicate Truth.

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