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By John Le Carré

From the “literary grasp for a generation” - The London Observer comes a fiercely compelling and present novel set in Hamburg that performs to all of le CarrÉ’s trademark strengths— Germany, rival intelligence operations, and sympathetic protagonists who find a style for ethical integrity.
A half-starved younger Russian guy in a protracted black overcoat is smuggled  into  Hamburg  at  dead  of night.  He  has  an  inconceivable amount  of  cash  secreted  in  a purse  round  his  neck.  He  is a religious Muslim. Or is he? He says his identify is Issa.
Annabel, an idealistic younger German civil rights attorney, determines to save lots of Issa from deportation. quickly her client’s survival turns into extra very important to her than her personal career—or protection.
In pursuit of Issa’s mysterious earlier, she confronts the incon- gruous Tommy Brue, the sixty- year-old scion of Brue FrÈres, a failing British financial institution dependent in Hamburg.
Annabel, Issa, and Brue shape an not going alliance—and a triangle of most unlikely loves is born.  in the meantime, scenting a certain kill within the so-called battle on Terror, the spies of 3 countries converge upon the innocents.
Poignant, compassionate, peopled with characters the reader by no means desires to enable move, A so much sought after guy is alive with humor, but prickles with rigidity till the final heart-stopping web page. it's a paintings of deep humanity and unusual relevance to our times.

From Publishers Weekly
When boxer Melik Oktay and his mom, either Turkish Muslims residing in Hamburg, soak up a road individual calling himself Issa in the beginning of this morally complicated mystery from le Carré (The venture Song), they trigger a series of occasions implicating intelligence companies from 3 international locations. Issa, who claims to be a Muslim scientific scholar, is, in reality, a sought after terrorist and the son of Grigori Karpov, a purple military colonel whose substantial resources are hid in a mysterious portfolio at a Hamburg financial institution. Tommy Brue, a stereotypical fallacious everyman stuck up within the machinations of spies and counterspies, enters the plot while Issa's lawyer seeks to assert those resources. The booklet works most sensible in its depiction of the rivalries besetting even post-9/11 intelligence companies that are meant to be allies, yet not one of the characters is as memorable as George Smiley or Magnus Pym. nonetheless, even a lesser le Carré attempt is way above the typical run of thrillers. (Oct.)

From Bookmarks Magazine
While this novel will be le Carre's first tackle espionage in Europe after the chilly warfare, critics couldn't be extra divided over its caliber. Alan Furst, himself one of many greats of the style, opines such a lot sought after guy may be one of many author's top, now not for its content material quite a bit as for its technical brilliance. yet different reviewers panned the paintings, arguing that le Carre's outrage over fresh American intelligence practices distorts the plot and renders a few of the characters as mere cliches. might be the consensus is such a lot sought after guy is an stress-free le Carre novel (and as a result far better than such a lot thrillers)—but faraway from his best.

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Im folgenden Frühjahr wollte »Gabi« ihre Mutter in der DDR wieder regulär besuchen. Wir verabredeten, dass sie in Magdeburg aus dem Interzonenzug aussteigen und dort im Hotel über Nacht bleiben sollte. Ich würde sie dann am nächsten Tag zu ihrer Mutter bringen. Auf diese Weise konnte ich eine mögliche Überwachung durch die andere Seite überprüfen, und wir hatten genug Zeit, um über alles zu reden. Dabei überraschte sie mich dann allerdings mit der Neuigkeit, dass sie ihre Arbeitsstelle gewechselt habe und nun bei der SPD-nahen FriedrichEbert-Stiftung tätig sei.

Wenn man irgendeine Weisung für sinnlos hielt oder eine bessere Idee hatte, gab es keine Möglichkeit, darüber zu sprechen. Er herrschte ein strenges Befehlssystem. Selbst vorsichtig vorgetragene Hinweise wurden weggebügelt. « Ich wollte daher auf eine Gelegenheit warten, ohne größere Gefahren mit der anderen Seite Kontakt aufzunehmen, und dann mal sehen, was sich daraus entwickeln ließe. Dass sich so schnell eine Möglichkeit auftun könnte, hatte ich keineswegs vermutet. 1974 war das Jahr der Fußballweltmeisterschaft, zu der sich erstmalig auch das Team der DDR aus eigener Leistung qualifiziert hatte und die in der Bundesrepublik stattfand.

Als Dienstfahrzeug hatte ich einen Wartburg, der mir gegebenenfalls auch mal für Privat­zwecke zur Verfügung stand, aber ein eigenes Auto war schließlich ein eigenes Auto und in der DDR besonders viel wert. Um meine Frau mit dem schi­cken neuen Auto zu überraschen, brachte ich meine Tochter bei Verwandten unter und machte mich auf den Weg nach Bad Elster. Doch ich staunte nicht schlecht, als ich dort nach dem angegebenen Sanatorium suchte und unterwegs meine Ehehälfte Arm in Arm mit einem Begleiter spazieren gehen sah.

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