A Delicate Truth by John le Carre

A Delicate Truth by John le Carre, published in hardback by Viking, priced �18.99 (ebook �9.99). Available now. PA Photo/Viking.

A Delicate Truth by John le Carre, published in hardback by Viking, priced �18.99 (ebook �9.99). Available now. PA Photo/Viking.

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As a former member of the British Secret Service and Oxford graduate, John le Carre writes about what he knows best; corrupt government officials, drinking scotch and mercilessly betraying ea ch other. The narrative of A Delicate Truth is split between Toby Bell, the foreign office minister’s private secretary, and Sir Christopher Probyn, an ageing, wealthy gentlemen living in a manor in Cornwall - a lifestyle that currently mirrors Le Carre’s own.

Both find themselves involved in a top-secret counter-terrorism operation, orchestrated by the foreign office minister and a private defence contractor. When it is revealed years later that the project caused the death of innocents, they must decide whether or not to speak out, putting themselves at the mercy of the powers involved.

At 81, the wit and sheer intelligence of Le Carre’s writing is all the more impressive. It keeps you on your toes, reminds you not to trust even your closest friend, and yet again secures his name as the greatest in spy literature