Author(s): John le Carre
In John le Carre's electrifying novel Our Kind of Traitor, innocents abroad are drawn into the darkest recesses of the financial world. Britain is in the depths of recession. A left-leaning young Oxford academic and his barrister girlfriend take an off-peak holiday on the Caribbean island of Antigua. By seeming chance they bump into a Russian millionaire called Dima who owns a peninsula and a diamond-encrusted gold watch. He also has a tattoo on his right thumb, and wants a game of tennis. What else he wants propels the young lovers on a tortuous journey through Paris to a safe house in the Swiss Alps, to the murkiest cloisters of the City of London and its unholy alliance with Britain's Intelligence Establishment. "If you want to know about the state of Britain today, forget the Booker shortlist. Just read John le Carre's latest thriller". (Evening Standard). "Few recent plays have had dialogue as good, and few recent literary novels can boast a set of characters so vividly imagined. Our Kind of Traitor is a teasing, beguiling, masterly performance". (Sunday Times). John le Carre was born in 1931 and attended the universities of Bern and Oxford. He taught at Eton and served briefly in British Intelligence during the Cold War. For the last fifty years he has lived by his pen. His most recent novel, A Delicate Truth, is also published by Penguin. He divides his time between London and Cornwall.
"Chilling and astute...In Our Kind of Traitor, there is not a hair out of place...le Carre has done it again for our nasty new age". The Times
"A compelling tale of deceit, dialogue and the author's own despair...This is a story with frenzy at its heart". James Naughtie, Telegraph
"John le Carre's bullet train of a new thriller is part vintage John le Carre and part Alfred Hitchcock...The author's most thrilling thriller in years". The New York Times
John le Carré was born in 1931. His third novel, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, secured him a world-wide reputation, which was consolidated by the acclaim for his trilogy Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, The Honourable Schoolboy and Smiley's People. His recent novels include The Constant Gardener, Absolute Friends, The Mission Song and A Most Wanted Man.
Our Kind of Traitor is his twenty-second novel.