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le 18 septembre 2013
JLC's last bestseller "Our Kind of Traitor" (OKT) had a mixed reception in the UK, but was a hit in the US. But it drew few comments on the EN section of Amazon.de and Amazon.fr. But tens of thousands or more Germans and French readers must have read the book in translation...
Like OKT, this passionate novel is an assault on Britain's political establishment during the New Labour era under Tony Blair, then Gordon Brown. It suggests that some key persons in government push for strategic matters of national defence to be outsourced to private companies based in the US. The "evidence" is presented in the lengthy (46 pp.) first chapter of this book, describing a secret US/UK operation in Gibraltar, allegedly mounted to capture a senior Al-Qaeda leader. This chapter also shows JLC's awesome writing skills, which he keeps up until the end.
What follows is the tale of its aftermath. It is about one, then two Foreign Office staff involved in the operation. The naïve one soon became ambassador in the Caribbean, then retired. The other, more probing one was posted to Beirut. Years elapse before the two meet. And compare notes. Then the drama begins...
The powers of surveillance by foreign and domestic security services, disclosed recently by former insiders, soon become apparent in this grand novel... It rivals Naomi Klein's "The Shock Doctrine" published in 2007, the year before the ongoing crisis erupted, as the scariest book I have read in a decade. One reviewer has suggested that John Le Carré writes pure literature, another that his oeuvre will be read a hundred years from now.
Highly recommended thriller.