Magazine article New Internationalist

A Most Wanted Man

Magazine article New Internationalist

A Most Wanted Man

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A Most Wanted Man by John le Carré (Hodder & Stoughton ISBN 9780340977064)

When the Cold War ended, many critics wondered whether its chroniclerin-chief John le Carré had lost his subject matter. In a series of novels, The Constant Gardener, Absolute Friends and The Mission Song, he has confounded the sceptics by focusing his consummate writing skills on laying bare the iniquities of the international politico-corporate structure - from the illegal invasion of Iraq to the murderous amorality of Big Pharma. His latest novel could hardly be more topical or timely, dealing as it does with the seamier reaches of international banking and the nether-world inhabited by the fugitive and the stateless.

An unlikely trio of characters find themselves thrown together; Issa, a Chechen Muslim arrives illegally in Hamburg. There he seeks the aid of Annabel, an idealistic human rights lawyer and, with her help, he lays claim to a huge sum deposited with Brue Freres, a private bank run by Tommy Brue, an Englishman beset with marital and financial complications. …

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