A Most Wanted Man

John Le Carre, Author . Scribner $28 (323p) ISBN 978-1-4165-9488-8

When boxer Melik Oktay and his mother, both Turkish Muslims living in Hamburg, take in a street person calling himself Issa at the start of this morally complex thriller from le Carré (The Mission Song ), they set off a chain of events implicating intelligence agencies from three countries. Issa, who claims to be a Muslim medical student, is, in fact, a wanted terrorist and the son of Grigori Karpov, a Red Army colonel whose considerable assets are concealed in a mysterious portfolio at a Hamburg bank. Tommy Brue, a stereotypical flawed everyman caught up in the machinations of spies and counterspies, enters the plot when Issa’s attorney seeks to claim these assets. The book works best in its depiction of the rivalries besetting even post-9/11 intelligence agencies that should be allies, but none of the characters is as memorable as George Smiley or Magnus Pym. Still, even a lesser le Carré effort is far above the common run of thrillers. (Oct.)

Reviewed on: 08/04/2008
Release date: 10/01/2008
Show other formats
Mass Market Paperbound - 491 pages - 978-1-4767-4478-0
Paperback - 323 pages - 978-1-4767-4014-0
Book - 978-0-7435-7926-1
Book - 978-0-7435-7924-7
Hardcover - 340 pages - 978-0-340-97706-4
Hardcover - 335 pages - 978-0-14-317050-1
Hardcover - 374 pages - 978-1-4447-6930-2
Prebound-Glued - 491 pages - 978-0-606-35343-4
Paperback - 340 pages - 978-0-340-97707-1
Compact Disc - 978-0-7435-7923-0
Compact Disc - 10 pages - 978-0-7435-7925-4
Hardcover - 445 pages - 978-1-60285-303-4
Open Ebook - 336 pages - 978-1-4391-2321-8
Paperback - 323 pages - 978-1-4165-9489-5
Mass Market Paperbound - 491 pages - 978-1-4165-9609-7
MP3 CD - 978-1-4423-6955-9
Compact Disc - 978-1-4423-6954-2
Hardcover - 408 pages - 978-1-4084-3074-3
Hardcover - 1 pages - 978-1-4084-9071-6
Stay ahead with
Tip Sheet!
Free newsletter: the hottest new books, features and more
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
Email Address


Log In Lost Password

PW has integrated its print and digital subscriptions, offering exciting new benefits to subscribers, who are now entitled to both the print edition and the digital editions of PW (online or via our app). For instructions on how to set up your accout for digital access, click here. For more information, click here.

The part of the site you are trying to access is now available to subscribers only. Subscribers: to set up your digital subscription with the new system (if you have not done so already), click here. To subscribe, click here.

Email pw@pubservice.com with questions.

Not Registered? Click here.