Magazine article New Internationalist

[The Constant Gardener]

Magazine article New Internationalist

[The Constant Gardener]

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by John le Carre

(Hodder & Stoughton ISBN 0 340 73337 3)

Since the Cold War ended, John le Carre's novels have moved beyond the closed world of spies, intrigue and duplicity, tackling the far more interesting subjects of global power and the behaviour of the institutions that ostensibly act in our name.

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In The Constant Gardener, Tessa Quayle, the young wife of Justin, a British diplomat in the Kenyan High Commission, has been found brutally murdered in northern Kenya. Her colleague, Dr Arnold Bluhm, a Belgian aid worker, has disappeared. Tessa and Arnold were investigating evidence that KVH, a multinational pharmaceutical company, was testing Dypraxa, a TB drug with fatal side-effects, on African patients.

Dismissing official suggestions that Bluhm killed Tessa, Justin Quayle sets out to discover the truth behind his wife's murder. The search leads him from a corrupt and bankrupt Kenya through Europe and Canada to a final shattering confrontation in the relief camps of Southern Sudan. …

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