John le Carre’s latest espionage thriller, Agent Running in the Field, is a chilling portrait of our time
John le Carre, the definitive name in genre of espionage and crime thrillers, releases a new book, Agent Running in the Field. Described as a, “a chilling portrait of our time”, the novel is a look into our current political happenings such as Brexit, Boris Johnson and Trump. Le Carre is the man behind books such as The Constant Gardener, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and The Night Manager, and this is his 25th novel.
The book follows Nat, a 47-year-old veteran of Britain's Secret Intelligence Service, who believes his years as an agent runner are over. He is back in London with his wife, the long-suffering Prue. But with the growing threat from Moscow Centre, the office has one more job for him. Nat is to take over The Haven, a defunct substation of London General with a rag-tag band of spies. The only bright light on the team is young Florence, who has her eye on Russia Department and a Ukrainian oligarch with a finger in the Russia pie.
Nat is not only a spy, he is a passionate badminton player. His regular Monday evening opponent is half his age: the introspective and solitary Ed. Ed hates Brexit, hates Trump and hates his job at some soulless media agency. And it is Ed, of all unlikely people, who will take Prue, Florence and Nat himself down the path of political anger that will ensnare them all.
John le Carre was born in 1931 and attended the universities of Bern and Oxford. He taught at Eton and served briefly in British Intelligence during the Cold War. For more than fifty years he has lived by his pen. He divides his time between London and Cornwall.