Exquisitely calibrated, devastating, frightening and heartbreaking, John le
Carré’s eighteenth novel opens with the lurid murder of the young and beautiful
Tessa Quayle near northern Kenya’s Lake Turkana, the birthplace of mankind. Her
putative African lover and companion, a doctor with one of the aid agencies,
has disappeared. Tessa’s much older husband, Justin, a career diplomat at the
British High Commission in Nairobi, sets out on a personal odyssey in pursuit
of the killers and their motive. What he might know and what he ultimately
learns make him suspect among his own colleagues and a target for the same
ruthless profiteers who killed his wife.
A master at portraying the myriad deceits and betrayals within a misguided
foreign office, le Carré delves even deeper here into the potential perils of
unbridled capitalism. It is also a profoundly moving story of a man whom tragedy
elevates. Justin Quayle, an amateur gardener, seemingly oblivious to the
political machinations around him and to his wife’s cause, discovers his own
resources and the extraordinary depths of the woman he barely had time to love.
Constant Gardener is a masterful exploration of the new world order by one
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