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A Delicate Truth opens in 2008. A counter-terrorist operation, codenamed Wildlife, is being mounted on the British crown colony of Gibraltar. Its purpose: to capture and abduct a high-value jihadist arms-buyer. Its authors: an ambitious Foreign Office Minister, a private defense contractor who is also his bosom friend, and a shady American CIA operative of the evangelical far-right. So delicate is the operation that even the Minister’s personal private secretary, Toby Bell, is not cleared for it.

Cornwall, UK, 2011. A disgraced Special Forces Soldier delivers a message from the dead. Was Operation Wildlife the success it was cracked up to be, or a human tragedy that was ruthlessly covered up? Summoned by Sir Christopher (“Kit”) Probyn, retired British diplomat, to his decaying Cornish manor house, and closely observed by Kit’s beautiful daughter, Emily, Toby must choose between his conscience and duty to his Service. If the only thing necessary to the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing, how can he keep silent?

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  • At the moment a new generation is stumbling upon his work, le Carré is still writing at something close to the top of his game…. [A Delicate Truth] is an elegant yet embittered indictment of extraordinary rendition, American right-wing evangelical excess and the corporatization of warfare. It has a gently flickering love story and jangling ending. And le Carré has not lost his ability to sketch, in a line or two, an entire character....At his best, he's among the finest writers alive. Dwight Garner, The New York Times Magazine
  • A career’s worth of literary skill and international analysis…..No other writer has chartered…the public and secret history of his times. The Guardian (UK)
  • Remarkable….[A Delicate Truth] displays the mastery of the early and the passion of late Le Carré. Robert McCrum, The Observer  (UK)
  • Writing of such quality that…it will be read in one hundred years….[Le Carré] found his canvas in espionage, as Dickens did in other worlds. The two men deserve comparison. Daily Mail  (UK)
  • Le Carré further establishes himself as a master of a new, shockingly realistic kind of noir. Booklist (Starred)
  • This is a guaranteed hair-raising cerebral fright, especially for anyone who enjoyed Robert Harris’s The Ghost or who just knows his or her email account has been hacked. Library Journal (Starred)
  • Le Carré focuses on the moral rot and creeping terror barely concealed by the affable old-boy blather that marks the pillars of the intelligence community. Kirkus Reviews (Starred)
  • A great story in sterling prose. Publishers Weekly
  • “A great story in sterling prose.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Le Carré focuses on the moral rot and creeping terror barely concealed by the affable old-boy blather that marks the pillars of the intelligence community.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Le Carré further establishes himself as a master of a new, shockingly realistic kind of noir.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award, June 2013
  • A New York Times Editor’s Choice in May 2013
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • An AudioFile Editors’ Pick, May 2013
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