Beach Read: New World Espionage

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A Most Wanted Man will be released as a film later this year and is definitely worth reading before watching When it comes to an enthralling read, there are few contemporary novelists that can and hold your attention like John le Carré. HIs first novel, Call for the Dead, was published back in 1961, and since then he has produced an impressive 21 best-selling works of fiction, many of which have been made into box office hits. A Most Wanted Man will be released as a film later this year and is definitely worth reading before watching. ************************************************************************************************************** John Le Carré's title list reads like a history of post-war controversy. Novels like The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1968), Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (1974), Smiley's People (1979) and The Tailor of Panama (1996) explore the hidden world of secret service organisations. His twisting plots and torn characters highlight the potential disaster that arises when someone slips through the secrecy net and threatens to expose the sinister dramas constantly playing out behind the curtains of political power. When the cold war ended, Le Carré masterfully shifted his attention to a new global conflict. The one playing out between corporate and government influences, which has created the complex web of national and financial interests that now defines what many call the New World Order. The plot of A Most Wanted Man deftly deals with one of the last decade's most poignant dilemmas — the war on terror — exploring its inherent abuses while at the same time taking the reader on a journey of international intrigue that delights you with suspense right up to the final page. The story begins when an emaciated and destitute young man who calls himself Issa and claims to be from Chechnya, is taken in by a well meaning Turkish family in Hamburg. The mother, Leyla and her local boxing star son Melik are both nervously waiting to be granted German citizenship, but as the plot unfolds, their mysterious, bruised guest's traumatic past as a political prisoner is gradually revealed with three key characters drawn into the story. Annabel Richter is an energetic and idealistic lawyer who takes Issa on as a client, fighting to prevent his deportation. Her main adversary is Gunther Bachmann, a classic John Le Carré character with a long career as an intelligence agent, who believes Issa is the key to uncovering a clandestine terrorist finance network. Also crucial is Tommy Brue, a troubled Scottish financier who runs an old-style private bank that has been involved in a number of investment questionable deals. Far more than a mindless action novel, A Most Wanted Man is a work of considered empathy that highlights today's world of organisational suspicion and brutality. While maintaining the thrill of the chase, Le Carré also infuses a sense of human fraternity into a story that reveal the sharp contrasts so relevant to the current state of the world. Principal photography began last September in Hamburg on a major film adaptation of A Most Wanted Man. The film is now in post-production and will be released later this year. Directed by Anton Corbijn (The American, Control), the all-star cast includes Philip Seymour Hoffman (The Master, Capote), Rachel McAdams (Sherlock Holmes, Midnight In Paris), Willem Dafoe (Shadow of the Vampire, Platoon) and Robin Wright (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Moneyball).       by