Agent Running in the Field

Category: Book
By (author): Le CarrÉ, John
Subject:  FICTION / Mystery & Detective / General
  FICTION / Mystery & Detective / International Mystery & Crime
  FICTION / Thrillers / Espionage
  FICTION / Thrillers / Political
Publisher: Penguin Canada
Published: August 2020
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 8.21in x 5.46in x 0.75in
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From The Publisher*New York Times Bestseller
National Bestseller

A new novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author John le Carré

Set in London in 2018, Agent Running in the Field follows a twenty-six year old solitary figure who, in a desperate attempt to resist the new political turbulence swirling around him, makes connections that will take him down a very dangerous path. In his plot and characterization le Carré is as thrilling as ever and in the way he writes about our times he proves himself, once again, to be the greatest chronicler of our age.
Review Quote*Longlisted for The Guardian's "Not the Booker Prize"
Zoomer book club pick

"Le Carré is one of the best novelists-of any kind-we have."-Vanity Fair

"Le Carré remains a master at showing us what spies do, wily spiders to the unsuspecting flies they entrap."-Booklist (starred)

"[Agent Running in the field is] a tragicomic salute to both the recuperative powers of its has-been hero and the remarkable career of its nonpareil author."-Kirkus 

"John le Carré is the great master of the spy story . . . The constant flow of emotion lifts him not only above all modern suspense novelists, but above most novelists now practicing."-Financial Times

"One of our great writers of moral ambiguity, a tireless explorer of that darkly contradictory no-man's land."-Los Angeles Times

"No other writer has charted-pitilessly for politicians but thrillingly for readers-the public and secret histories of his times."-The Guardian 

"In his plot and characterization, le Carré is as thrilling as ever and in the way he writes about our times he proves himself, once again, to be the greatest chronicler of our age."
-The Seminary Co-op Bookstore 

"Agent Running in the Field mirrors readers' anxiety over the state of the world . . . [Carré's] lost none of his master's touch." -Toronto Star

"[A] thriller laced with Brexit fury . . . The master of the spy genre takes aim at Brexit and Trump in a classy entertainment about political ideals and deception . . . There is the sense of a master enjoying himself hugely: the characters themselves seem to become cleverer and wittier as their puppeteer's dialogic invention takes flight." -The Guardian

"This morally murky world of spying is where le Carré continues to make his literary mark . . . Agent taps into the disillusionment of aging spies who turn their backs on the British establishment after years of loyal service because the cause they once espoused has gone." -The New York Times

"[Agent Running in the Field] is more politically nuanced than some of his books, in other ways it's identikit le Carré . . . As always, it is a sheer pleasure to read le Carré's muscular prose. Few writers are so well able to convey strength and self-belief, with the result that the reader is forced to accept everything he says, sometimes against one's better judgment . . . What's most remarkable is the way in which le Carré can still produce set-pieces of a type that he more or less invented fifty years ago and, at the age of 87, do them better than his scores of imitators." -The Telegraph (starred review)

"Intricate, exciting and appalling believable, Agent Running in the Field turns on questions both moral and political." -Maclean's

"At age 88, Le Carré is still on top of his literary game with [Agent Running in the Field]. . ."-Zoomer, "5 Binge-Worthy Books Set in the UK"
Biographical NoteJohn le Carré was born in 1931. After attending the universities of Bern and Oxford, he taught at Eton and spent five years in the British Foreign Service. The Spy Who Came In from the Cold, his third book, secured him a worldwide reputation. He divides his time between England and the Continent.