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A Delicate Truth is a 2013 spy novel by John le Carré. Set in 2008 and 2011, the book features a British/American covert mission in Gibraltar and the subsequent consequences for two British civil servants. Le Carré describes this as not only his most British novel but also his most autobiographical work in years. The author told The Daily Telegraph that he has based two of the book's characters on himself.
A Delicate Truth savagely dramatises the "ever-expanding circle of non-governmental insiders from banking, industry and commerce who were cleared for highly classified information". Toby's minister, Fergus Quinn, is under the control of the unelected business-fixer, Jay Crispin
A Delicate Truth book. Quite a few le Carre novels fall into that category of books to be reread every couple of years.
A Delicate Truth book. For me it’s "The Spy Who Came in from The Cold", "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" and "The Perfect Spy" (perhaps his greatest book) I never get tired of them. This one doesn't fall in that category, but it comes very close.
This book is dirty and has significant shelf wear, however all text is there and readable, as such it is acceptable for sale, and is still a good read.
A Delicate Truth, like most of le Carré’s recent novels, feels like a rebuttal to George Smiley’s theory. A shame, yes, but in the grand scheme of things an acceptable loss.
Typical of Le Carré’s brand of brainy fiction, A Delicate Truth aspires to something grander than cheap thrills; the author maintains command of a subject that every day proves more complex, cynical and opaque. But this time, the novelist’s reach falls short
Typical of Le Carré’s brand of brainy fiction, A Delicate Truth aspires to something grander than cheap thrills; the author maintains command of a subject that every day proves more complex, cynical and opaque. But this time, the novelist’s reach falls short. War may have gone to the mercenaries, but just as the Soviet operatives in Le Carré’s earlier novels refrained from presenting simple quandaries of good versus evil, so, too, should agents of privatization resist easy generalizations. Much about a for-profit war machine deserves criticism, but Toby and company appear all too eager to don.
Immediately on security alert, he grabbed a hand torch from his bedside and tiptoed warily along the corridor to the sound of softly retreating footsteps down the stairs and the closing of the front. The envelope was of the thick, oily variety, and unfranked. The address T. Bell, Esquire, Flat 2, was done in a cursive, English-looking hand he didn’t recognize. The back flap was double sealed with sticky tape, the torn-off ends of which were folded round to the front.
Damian Lewis begins reading A Delicate Truth, the brand new novel from the master of his genre, John le Carré, a novel which tells the story of a good man who must choose between his conscience and his duty to the Service.