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Soon to be a major motion picture starring Ewan McGregor, Naomie Harris, Stellan Skarsgård, and Damian Lewis. In the wake of the collapse of Lehmann Brothers and with Britain on the brink of economic ruin, a young English couple takes a tennis vacation in Antigua. There they meet Dima, a Russian who styles himself the world's Number One money-launderer, who wants, among otSoon to be a major motion picture starring Ewan McGregor, Naomie Harris, Stellan Skarsgård, and Damian Lewis. In the wake of the collapse of Lehmann Brothers and with Britain on the brink of economic ruin, a young English couple takes a tennis vacation in Antigua. There they meet Dima, a Russian who styles himself the world's Number One money-launderer, who wants, among other things, a game of tennis. Back in London, the couple is subjected to an all-night interrogation by the British Secret Service who also need their help. Their acquiescence will lead them on a precarious journey through Paris to a safe house in Switzerland, helpless pawns in a game of nations that reveals the unholy alliances between the Russian mafia, the City of London, the Government and the competing factions of the British Secret Service....

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  • Darwin8u
    2019-01-25 07:36

    “It struck him as a bit unfair that, at the age of eight, he should have manifested the same sense of solitude that haunted him at forty-three.” ― John le Carré, Our Kind of TraitorMaybe 3.5 stars. I liked it more than I was prepared to. Reminded me in a lot of ways of Single & Single. It was a tight morality tale in a world lacking morality. Like most of le Carré's post-Soviet/post-Cold War spy novels the real play here is not East v West, THAT is just a side show, the real conflict is ALL internal. William Faulkner's famous quote from his Nobel Prize speech that "the human heart in conflict with itself is the only thing worth writing about, regardless of the genre" seems to perfectly capture le Carré. But le Carré doesn't just use that idea with people, he uses that idea with institutions (Secret Intelligence Service), and with whole countries. The modern world is a world in conflict with itself. God is dead. But maybe, just maybe, He still listens to all your phone calls, still reads all your text messages, and despite all the past promises made -- He might just decide to screw you in the end.

  • Lobstergirl
    2019-02-05 09:14

    Perry and Gail, a 20-something professional couple, are vacationing in Antigua when they are forcefully befriended by a money-laundering Russian mobster, Dima, and his extended entourage. Dima wants asylum in Britain for himself and his family in exchange for evidence incriminating his co-conspirators in European high society and the British parliament. Perry and Gail take their story to the British Secret Service, who improbably put them to work getting the issue resolved.The problem with the novel isn't spy clichés. (If you read genre fiction, you are well acquainted with the clichés and have made your peace with them. They do not hamper your reading, most of the time.) The problem isn't staleness. The problem is badness. This just isn't a well-written novel. It is profoundly boring. There is very little actual action; much of it is taken up with Perry and Gail recounting to the Brits what Dima has told them, and then the Brits listening to Dima's audiotapes and watching secret videotapes. This is followed by a long section involving internecine power struggles in the spy management apparatus over how to deal with Dima. Everything seems to be at a remove from any action, until a scene at Roland Garros Stadium in Paris, where Gail, Perry, Dima, and Dima's criminal posse and associates all watch Roger Federer duke it out with Robin Soderling for the 2009 French Open championship. Even this scene is quite boring. What tension there is is limited to about the last 10 pages, and a dramatic ending. I was mystified by the constant switching between past and present tense, sometimes even within paragraphs. Overall, the book had a lazy, phoned-in feel.

  • SlowRain
    2019-01-25 07:07

    This novel marks a return of sorts for le Carré. Firstly, it's a return to the topic of Russia, something that has been absent from the last few books he has written. It's also a return to his highly-stylized narrative, his great dialog, and decent characterization, all of which were absent from his previous novel, "A Most Wanted Man". However, what remains is still what I call an 'activist novel', which is pretty much what le Carré's last five novels have all been about. But this time it has been muted a bit and the plot takes a more predominant role. Le Carré gets a lot of things right in this novel, and I think many long-time fans will be pleased. There were, however, two items that disappointed me. One involved a subplot regarding the money launderer's daughter, which could easily have been edited out. The other is that le Carré has pretty much ended his last five novels the same way. I think it's high time for him to give us something a little different as it's getting a little predictable now. I say give this one a try. It's good, and you won't be disappointed. Really, I can't say enough about the narrative and dialog. It's worth the read for that alone. It's also interesting to read a few of the newspaper articles that are being mentioned with reference to this novel just to see how close to reality le Carré really is with this plot.

  • Bettie☯
    2019-01-30 13:15

    description: Perry and Gail are idealistic and very much in love when they splurge on a tennis vacation at a posh beach resort in Antigua. But the charm begins to pall when a big-time Russian money launderer enlists their help to defect. In exchange for amnesty, Dima is ready to rat out his vory (Russian criminal brotherhood) compatriots and expose corruption throughout the so-called legitimate financial and political worlds. Soon, the guileless couple find themselves pawns in a deadly endgame whose outcome will be determined by the victor of the British Secret Service's ruthless internecine battles.An implausible plotline including money-laundering, a bank on Cyprus and the Russian mafia......oh! wait...

  • F.R.
    2019-02-14 11:31

    Well this doesn’t just seem to be ‘The Worst Novel Le Carré Has Ever Written’, it actually jumps up and down and demands the title.It’s odd that an author who has spent half a century writing suspenseful and intelligent thrillers, should now produce one so lacking in suspense or interest. Certainly it seems unusual that when the author returns to what once was his pet subject – machinations concerning Russia – he should create a work so lacking in insight or depth. But more than that, it’s baffling that Le Carré can suddenly have forgotten everything he ever knew about dramatic momentum and hooking a reader’s interest.Maybe part of the problem is the author’s age (he does turn eighty this year, after all), as he never really seems to grasp the young twenty-something London couple at the centre of ‘Our Kind of Traitor’. It’s possible that the generation gap is now so large that he finds it difficult to get into the mindset of people of that age group. But then the other characters in this book – be they spooks or villains (types Le Carré has proved repeatedly that he knows), also struggle to appear in anything more than two dimensions. It’s not a totally terrible novel, as Le Carré cannot make it through a book without producing the occasional good scene or confrontation, but it is a trudge to get to those good parts. And I’m very much left wondering, how the man who wrote ‘The Spy Who Came In From The Cold’, or ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’, has now managed to write such a poor spooks versus Russians yarn?

  • Judy
    2019-01-29 10:10

    The latest novel by John le Carre is getting positive reviews all over the place with sentiments exclaiming that the old le Carre is back and that he has dropped the preaching tone of his last few efforts. Personally, I like it when he preaches to us about the ills of our modern world. In Our Kind of Traitor, I felt the master of spy literature was holding back just a tad and I purely hated the way this novel ended. I just felt lost through much of the story, but that could be because I do not understand global finance. Not one bit.My take is that this is a gangster-trying-to-go-straight story. Percolating beneath that is the picture of British government being so in the grip of vested interests and greedy politicians that the true traitor lies there. Is that the meaning of the title? A Russian gangster, an idealistic young teacher from Oxford, his much more realistic girlfriend, the usual failed spy and the usual rogue spy; all the elements are there but it didn't come together well for me. John le Carre has stumped me before. I remember feeling like I was really missing something in The Little Drummer Girl. My husband liked Our Kind of Traitor just fine and explained some of it to me.If you have read it, liked it and are now laughing up your sleeve about me, please...comment!

  • Helen
    2019-01-30 11:24

    Not at the level of The Spy Who Came in From the Cold or the Smiley series, but still, very very good, and better than most of the stuff that le Carre has written since the end of the cold war. What's great about it? His effortless plotting and his thorough knowledge of the amorality of the world's politics. It was a thrilling read. I devoured it over a period of two days, and was sorry when it came to an end. For my taste, there were too many pages of slangy conversation as exposition, and not nearly enough soaring passages of bleak prose, at which le Carre is unparalleled. Too much show; not enough tell.Still, second tier le Carre is still better than the vast majority of espionage writers working today. I gave it only four stars because his earlier books are masterpieces of literature, not just masterpieces of literary espionage.

  • Patrick
    2019-02-11 12:26

    For me at least, I think the problem was that it lacked verisimilitude. I'm sure John le Carre has forgotten more about the inner workings of the intelligence services than I will ever know, although at nearly 80, I wonder if he is quite as up to speed on how (and to some extent, if) MI6 go about infiltrating Russian crime groups as he was on the Cold War. I just couldn't believe that MI6 would recruit someone solely on the basis that he had had a chance meeting with a Russian vory/oligarch while on a tennis holiday in Antigua. Or, for that matter, why Dima, the Russian, would ever have decided to try to use him as a go-between with the UK Government. And while he was admittedly lightly drawn, I never really understood why said character, Perry, would accept the job either.It might have been simply that I wasn't paying enough attention, but I never got my head around quite what the deal that Dima was trying to cut with the UK actually was - only that it involved betraying some of his criminal confederates, whom he felt had betrayed him. Nor did I grasp in more than the vaguest way what it was that the sinister Aubrey Longrigg MP (a kind of melding of George Osborne and Peter Mandelson) was trying to gain from working with them.The book wasn't without its redeeming features. I quite liked the sub-plot about Dima's rather lonely lost children. And the spy, Luke, with his shambolic private life and nagging personal doubts about his mission, felt like he'd wandered in from a (probably rather better) Graham Greene novel. By the end, I can't help thinking that le Carre is most at home working against the backdrop of the cold war. Maybe Putin's desire to reignite it (if that isn't the wrong term) will provide the backdrop for one last great le Carre spy thriller...

  • Grace
    2019-02-18 13:33

    If it were possible I would have given this book 1/2 a star. It was that bad.Like everyone else on here I have my favourite authors who I know that once I open their books, I will be entertained from start to finish. I do however try to broaden my horizons and try books by authors that maybe I've previously shied away from. I did this with both Andy McNab and Chris Ryan and have been plesantly surprised and still continue to read books by these authors.Unfortunately this book had absolutely nothing to recommend it. The plot as far as I could follow was just silly and the excution of it by the author is as poor as anything else I have read. This has to be the worst book that I have read in a long time.I know that this author has a good reputation and many of his books have been made into films with all star casts, but I'm guessing that this one won't be (unless it's given a total makeover by the script department/writers). You might ask, why did I continue to read the book? This is a good question. I generally try to finish all books that I start, for no other reason other than I have read some good books that have started slowly.Finally if any of you Goodreads people know of any good books by Le Carre, then I would be very grateful if you could point me in the right direction. Thank you

  • Mal Warwick
    2019-01-22 07:29

    David John Moore Cornwell--the man the world has come to know as John le Carre--was the son of a con man and a mother he met only at age 21. He spent years in the 1950s and 1960s working for MI5 and MI6 in the most difficult years of the Cold War. His frequently troubled life experiences afforded him the real-world experience that lent such authenticity and depth to the Cold War espionage novels he wrote so ably in the decades to come.Le Carre's conflicted alter ego, George Smiley, the protagonist of The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1963) and other early le Carre novels, embodied the inner doubts of that seemingly simpler time that foreshadowed the distrust and insecurities of the 60s and 70s, once we had lost our faith in the institutions that dominated our world.When the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, le Carre skillfully adapted, turning to writing about the more complex, multipolar world that has become ever more familiar to us. His field of battle was still espionage. But his subtext, increasingly, was politics--politics on the grand, international scale. Le Carre's profound distaste for U.S. interventionist policies emerged clearly. Similarly, he showed his hand (most dramatically in The Constant Gardener) for the large, multinational corporations that have come to overshadow the lives we lead. His characters still emerged as fully formed human beings, for the most part. But his writing took on a moralistic tone that some readers found objectionable.Le Carre's latest work, Our Kind of Traitor, bears a stronger thematic resemblance to the Smiley novels than most of his other recent books. The protagonist--a young, unmarried English couple, actually--found themselves mysteriously caught up in a bizarre espionage caper more complex than any George Smiley might have conjured up. The story revolves around a Russian mafia boss (who proudly calls himself the world's "number one money-launderer") and the attempts of a renegade in the English secret service to bring him and his family to asylum in Britain. In the renegade agent's bruising battles with the powers that be to gain the authority for his plan, and in the doubts and recriminations of the young couple he has dragged into the action, there is much that's reminiscent of Smiley's tortured qualms about the moral implications of his work. Four decades later, MI6 is a different beast, of course--a shadow of its former self, sometimes struggling to justify its existence. But Our Kind of Traitor awakens the same sort of moral ambiguity and distrust for authority and convention as did The Spy Who Came in from the Cold.

  • Michael Graeme
    2019-01-24 13:16

    If what you know of the world comes from newspapers, or from the T.V. news, then your view is naive, selective, abridged and childish. If you have any mature sense at all then I think you appreciate this may be true.All right - so, I'm naive and childish,... hopelessly so. It's the only way I can go on living in my personally simplified version of reality. Reading Le Carre though connects me with another, darker, reality, one I fear might be closer to the truth, whether it's "cold war", or whatever your latter day nightmare has been: pick your decade since 1960.. Is your pension screwed? Are you wondering where all your money's gone? Are you wondering why the once godlike "Banking Industry" has brought the western world to ruin, and has had to bailed out by the humble, unwashed taxpayer - i.e. "you"? Do you want to hate the "financial services" industry/government/corrupt "global capitalist ideology" any more than you do already? Read this book.Our Kind of Traitor returns to Russia, post "cold war", to Russian "organised crime", to pan European gangsterism, and "money laundering" on a scale that will leave you gasping for breath and praying that nothing you've read here can possibly be true? All of the Le Carre ingredients are present - fascinating characters, from the leading to the minor, also an ability to winkle out the archetypically "heroic" in the most sympathetic yet also the most odious of character. I'm a fan of Le Carre because for me no one else does a "spy story" that I can even remotely believe in. This is the best book I've read all year.

  • James Schubring
    2019-02-14 15:22

    There is always more potential in a John le Carre novel than in anyone else writing books. There is also, almost always, some experimental flaw that's bigger than anyone else's. I've learned to take the good and ignore the bad. He writes bigger books than almost anyone else, enthralling even when they're flawed.Here we have the recruitment of a moneyman from the Russian mafia by the British Secret Service. Dima, 'our kind of traitor,' is the most interesting, wound-up, larger-than-life, nervy character I can remember reading in years. He is the beating pulse of this tale, a man trying to get out of the life before new masters in the mafia kill him and his family. He runs across a pair of young Brits on vacation and co-opts them into becoming couriers for him, a funnel to deliver his desperation back to the real spies in London.Of course, the people he connects up with are good spies, but they report back to a political system, one already half owned by Dima's mafia bosses. The tale gets bogged down in the procedure of the spy system and Dima leaves the book for most of the vast middle. Also, the main characters for most of the story, the British couple, aren't terribly interesting.You will see the (unhappy) ending coming from a distance off, especially if you know and like le Carre's previous offerings. The pleasure of meeting Dima is worth the pain of the flaws. This is the best book I've read by le Carre since the Smiley novels. Please enjoy.

  • Neil
    2019-02-16 15:09

    This was the first John le Carre book which I have picked up in a while. It came with high literary acclaim, and so I was quite looking forward to reading it. Sadly I was quite disappointed with it, there was no real sense of suspense, and it seemed quite laboured and ponderous, not the le Carre books I remember of old.A professional couple from England, Perry and Gail, are on a tennis holiday in Antigua, when they are forcibly befriended by Dima. He is a Russian money launderer for the Vory, but he wants him and his family relocated, safely, to London under new identities. He wants Perry to broker the deal with the British intelligence agencies, a tall order for a University lecturer. Feeling quite sympathetic towards Dima and his family, Perry tries his best. The carrot Dima dangles before the intelligence community, is his vast knowledge of financial shady dealings throughout the world, including London.I couldn't really get to feel any affinity with the various characters. The tale was confusing in places, and I found myself going back several pages and rereading pieces, trying to make sense of it all.

  • Joe Ollinger
    2019-02-09 10:07

    LeCarre tends to write slower, more cerebral stuff, and this is no exception. This is a more of a drama set in the world of espionage than a spy thriller. The characters are vivid and the world feels quite real. The downside of this is that the book spends a lot of time on mundane details of character, and the premise and plot are more believable than fun.The work splits its narrative into the perspectives of several characters, working through their thoughts ind feelings in much detail. This book is for those who favor heavy characterization and characters that are detailed and rich over quick pacing and an eventful plot.LeCarre didn't set out with a bone to pick politically or anything like that, and this book doesn't take on any "issues." It's just a drama set in the world of espionage. For my part, I can appreciate the quality of the prose and the understated realism of the story, but at the end of the day I did not get much actual enjoyment from the novel, and there's not much to take away in terms of theme or message.

  • Sketchbook
    2019-01-18 07:17

    If you're a Russian godfather who wants to spill evilbanking beans involving the west, do you just snafflea cute UK couple on holiday in Antigua and grunt, "Takeme to your leader" ?LeC moves briskly fr the Cold War to the Russ mafia andcorrupt banking, suggested by news stories. Very good.Then, damnit, the way he drawls his story -- exposition,Talking Heds, fractured sequence, past/present tense --is downright deadly.Meantime, we'd all like to know his theories on the youngUK spy found dead at home locked in a duffel bag. Which oftwo countries dunit? Let's add the JP/Chase scandal of 2012.

  • Amanda
    2019-01-24 11:20

    This was my first spy thriller novel by this author. It was SO hard for me to get into it. I was confused about who was talking, the first person/third person switching made me crazy. This type of writing works for some people, it's just not my style. I chose not to finish it. That's not to say others wouldn't find it worth the time to make it to the end. I think the author is a talented writer, I'm just not the reader he is writing for. I received this as an advance uncorrected proof that I won in a Goodreads giveaway.

  • Cirilai
    2019-02-15 08:09

    On ne le dira jamais assez, les partenariats sont l'occasion de faire des découvertes littéraires, d'avoir l'occasion de lire un livre dans lequel on aurait pas osé se lancer en temps habituel. Du moins, c'est comme ça que je le conçois. Une fois de plus, mon expérience en terme de roman d'espionnage est assez anecdotique et ce partenariat fut pour moi l'occasion de découvrir un auteur que je ne connaissais pas et un genre littéraire vers lequel je me tourne peu.L'histoire commence avec Gail et Perry, un couple tout ce qu'il y a de plus banal, qui décident de s'accorder quelques vacances bien méritées sous le soleil des Caraïbes. Jusque-là rien de très excitant me direz-vous mais voilà que Perry, grand amateur et très bon joueur de tennis, va se retrouver embarqué dans un match contre un certain Dima. Et c'est précisément Dima qui va être le déclencheur de l'aventure dans laquelle Gail et Perry vont se faire embarquer bien malgré eux.Je n'en dirais pas plus sur l'intrigue, à vous de découvrir la suite.John le Carré a le don de balader son lecteur à sa guise pour l'emmener là où il veut. En effet, il y a plusieurs flash-back au long de l'histoire et on se trouve transporté dans le passé, le présent, le futur et pendant un petit moment il faut s'habituer à ce changement de décor. L'auteur maîtrise cette technique grâce à laquelle il approfondi son intrigue mais sans alourdir le récit. On sent aussi qu'il maîtrise son sujet avec une histoire bien ficelée et même si je regrette un peu le manque d'action, l'intrigue est très bien menée.J'avoue que j'ai préféré les scènes avec Gail et Perry parce qu'ils ont une relation bien particulière avec la famille Dima, un attachement que n'ont pas Hector, Luke et les autres. J'ai tout particulièrement apprécié la finale de Roland Garros extrêmement bien décrite par l'auteur, on y était presque. Pour les personnages, je dirais qu'on a du mal à s'attacher à eux parce qu'il leur manque une dimension émotionnelle. Certes, l'auteur prend le temps de nous en dire plus sur chacun et de nous présenter leur histoire et leur personnalité mais, et c'est difficile à expliquer, j'ai eu du mal à cerner leurs sentiments face à telle ou telle situation. Du coup, j'ai eu du mal à rentrer dans l'histoire alors que le récit de Gail et Perry au début du livre est vraiment ce qui m'a le plus plu parce qu'ils nous livrent une partie de leur ressenti. Au niveau du style, même s'il m'a fallu un petit temps d’adaptation, le style est fluide et se lit facilement. Je le répète mais l'auteur est loin d'être un débutant et il sait comment amener son lecteur dans telle ou telle direction. La fin d'ailleurs est assez brutale et nous laisse vraiment sur notre faim. En résumé, Un traître à notre goût est une lecture que j'ai apprécié et qui m'a permis de découvrir un genre littéraire que je lis très peu. Je pense que les amateurs en la matière seront bien mieux que moi apprécier cet auteur de talent et je le leur conseille donc, ainsi qu'à ceux qui voudraient se lancer dans les romans d'espionnage.http://sweetsblog-homesweethome.blogs...

  • yexxo
    2019-01-18 14:29

    John le Carré, ein Name der für spannende Agenten- und Spionagethriller steht - mit dieser Erwartungshaltung machte ich mich an sein neuestes Werk. Ich las und las, amüsierte mich prächtig und ertappte mich dennoch dabei, immer oberflächlicher über den Text hinwegzugehen, bis ich bei Seite 202 (ca. der Hälfte) das Buch resigniert zuschlug. Denn von Spannung - keine Spur. Welch eine Enttäuschung! Doch ich hatte mich selbst in die Irre geführt, denn bei genauem Hinschauen ist (außer bei der Einordung bei diversen Buchläden) nirgendwo die Rede von Krimi oder Thriller. 'Verräter wie wir' ist eine Lektüre, die zwar im Agentenmilieu spielt und gegen Ende einen eindrucksvollen Spannungsbogen aufweist, aber dennoch nicht mehr oder weniger als ein Roman. Also schickte ich meine Erwartungen in die Wüste und begann nochmal von vorn. Und siehe da.... Perry und Gail, ein wohl recht typisch britisches, linksliberales Pärchen mit einer eher skeptischen Haltung gegenüber den staatlichen Institutionen, lernen in einem Urlaub einen russischen Oligarchen kennen, der sie unversehens zu seinen Vertrauten kürt. Plötzlich finden die Beiden sich wieder in der Rolle als Mittler zwischen dem britischen Geheimdienst und einem potentiellen russischen Überläufer. LeCarré verwendet viele Seiten auf die genaue Darstellung der einzelnen Personen, inbesondere auf die seiner beiden Protagonisten Gail und Perry. Es gelingt ihm bravourös, nicht nur sehr detailliert sondern auch voller Witz die Eigenheiten und Widersprüchlichkeiten der Handelnden darzustellen. Wie Perry beispielsweise, der ewige Kritiker und Verächter der britischen Politik, der sich plötzlich als inoffizieller Geheimdienstmitarbeiter wiederfindet - und es wider Erwarten geniesst. Oder Dima, der russische Oligarch, der England liebt und bewundert und alle britischen Literaturklassiker besitzt, ohne vermutlich einen einzigen davon gelesen zu haben. Dies alles ist zudem in einer wunderbaren Sprache verfasst, über die man sich auf jeder Seite auf's Neue freut. Weshalb dann trotzdem nicht die volle Punktzahl? Weil bis zur ca. der Hälfte des Buches die Menge der Perspektivenwechsel etwas überhand nimmt. In einem Gespräch mit dem Geheimdienst, das bis dorthin die Rahmenhandlung darstellt, berichten Gail und Perry über ihre Begegnung mit Dima. Hierbei werden Rück- und Einblicke auf und in die Lebensläufe der Beteiligten eingeschoben, wobei der Großteil dieser einzelnen Abschnitte meist nicht mehr als 4-6 Seiten umfasst, sodass zumindest der Beginn etwas unübersichtlich wirkt . Aber abgesehen von dieser kleinen Mäkelei: grandiose Unterhaltung mit (wahrscheinlich) durchaus realistischen Einblicken in das schmutzige Geldwäschergeschäft.

  • William Breakstone
    2019-02-02 10:31

    BOOK REVIEWOur Kind of Hero by John le CarreReviewed by Bill Breakstone, November 16, 2010The English author John le Carre has written 22 novels, the first being Call for the Dead, published in 1961. I have read and enjoyed every one. He is one of those authors I just can’t get enough of.His latest work is Our Kind of Hero, and has been critically acclaimed as one of his best. I don’t know if I would go that far, but it is a tremendously good read.The story opens at a Caribbean island resort, where Oxford professor Perry Makepiece is vacationing with his long-time companion Gail Perkins. Perry is a top-flight amateur tennis player, and is introduced by the resort’s tennis pro to a mysterious Russian national named “Dima,” also a splendid player, but no match for Makepiece, who “sandbags” the two sets in a typically and gentlemanly British show of fairness and good sportsmanship. This immediately impresses Dima, and the two and Gail become intimate friends. A bit too intimate, it turns out.For Dima is the world’s most powerful money launderer, and is near the top of the Russian mafia. However, there is big trouble in Moscow’s underworld, and Dima wants out, for both himself and his family. He confides all this with Perry, and asks the Oxford Don if he is in reality a spy. When Perry truthfully says “absolutely not,” Dima asks if he has any contacts within MI6. Dima has some state secrets that should very much interest them, and he proceeds to fill Perry in. Perry immediately realizes that Dima’s secrets are powerful stuff indeed, in that he places several highly positioned British diplomats right in the middle of the Russian Mafia’s influence. I won’t divulge any more of the storyline than that; let the reader take it from there.The author’s characterizations are brilliantly realized, and his reserved, very English method of storytelling has always fascinated this reader, and does so here once again. Le Carre is nearing his 70th birthday, but has lost none of his narrative powers. His fans are many; then again there are readers who have never taken a liking to his style. Count me among the former. May he write many more tales such as this one, and enjoy decades more of good health and literary happiness.

  • Keri
    2019-01-29 10:10

    I've never read any of John le Carre's novels but from what I've seen reviews of, this isn't even his best. So to say that it makes me want to read more of his work is a testament to the novel.Gail and Perry, a lawyer and a teacher, decide to take a romantic trip to Antigua. There they meet a man named Dima and his family. In no time at all, they find themselves buried in international secrets and dealing with the Service. How much can two non-spies help?The novel is written in an odd way. In some segments, there's a frame story. Some are in first person. Others are in 3rd. Some present tense, some past tense. We bounce around first between Perry and Gail, then over to one of the three agents that work with them. Despite what I thought, it really makes for a quick read.The story itself was engaging. You wanted to know what happened to Perry, Gail and Dima. You wanted to see if everything would turn out alright and how the subplots ended up. Though I found myself a bit ambivalent toward Natasha's story, I still wanted to figure out just what happened.Which brings me into something I didn't like so much - his characterization of the females in the novel. They were all GORGEOUS except for the god-loving Tamara. Every male character commented on how beautiful Gail was and I feel like she was there more for beauty than for her brains. She's a lawyer and the only time it really comes up is when she has to sign something. Sometimes, she even seems a bit flighty. Though, I did appreciate her aggrivation at her treatment as the "weaker sex" during certain points. The ending came about as I expected it to. Using something that is literally from the newspapers made it that way, but it also gives the story a more realistic depth that I think readers of this type of fiction could appreciate. (Disclaimer: I received this book as an advanced uncorrected proof from Viking)

  • Emilie
    2019-02-18 10:09

    This is spy novel, John leCarre is a professional of this type of novel and knows what he's talking about. This is not James Bond with sophisticated gadgets, technology is minimal which leaves room for the development of the plot and of the characters involved. A young couple (Gail and Perry) vacationing in Antigua meets a Russian oligarch (Dima) who chooses them as his intermediaries between the British secret services (and appoints them as referees of the fairness of the negotiations) and himself. The books opens on the account by Gail and Perry of this encounter to the agents they managed to contact back in England. The bounds they created with Dima and their eagerness to change their lives lead them to get involved into the operation conducted by the agents they contacted to get Dima's information. One of the strengths of the book is its construction, first a flashback that introduces Dima, Dima's family and Gail and Perry and then moving forward, the reader jumps in the story at the same time as the secret services and then follows the developments. The collusion between Russian mafia, the world of finance, politicians and secret services might be exposed by Dima's revelations that he's trying to trade against protection. The service agents that receive Gail and Perry's account see this as a chance to expose the people involved in the scandal and save the honor of the service. Gail and Perry are prepared and sent to play their part along with a team of professionals. The steps of the plan proceed smoothly, this lures the reader in a feeling of safety although plenty aware of some potential problems that start to add up... And the naive impression that everything is easy is counterbalanced by a quite pessimistic view of the links between money and power.

  • Charles Moore
    2019-02-17 08:34

    I think I have read too many le Carre's spy novels. I thought this was a great read, a really interesting and novelistic approach to a story told by one of the masters, until the last page. Then it went to pieces. I am now of the mind that maybe le Carre can't or won't write an ending. He finishes the story, the suspense is all over, the good guy/bad guy characters seem settled but in a very real sense of Greek theatre, God interferes and in this case, does not save the day. As I wonder back through the pages of his works, all the way back to the very beginning of his career, I now conclude that his attempts to create more intrigue has left him without a way to carry the story into the future. Call me a sap for a happy ending but I prefer to know that all of life is not frustrating. We read novels to escape a bit. We like to be teased but we also like a sense of a future. Yes, it is true that novels "end." They have to. Otherwise, we'd have one novel ever and it would be monstrous. We can understand that novel is a slice of somebody's life just as any given tale of our lives is also just a slice. What le Carre does so well is tell the tale. I wish I could do a tenth as much. But, what happens here is the morals get mixed. Spy novels can have clear right and wrongs. There is nothing that says they can't or must. But the story must also have a sense of intrigue and guess work and skullduggery but not a sense of hopelessness. And, then, maybe it's just me.

  • Jim Leffert
    2019-02-17 08:11

    After several disappointing (unsubtle, overly moralistic) novels in recent years, le Carré is back in fine form with Our Kind of Traitor. A Russian money launderer approaches a young British couple on vacation in Antigua, and seeks their aid in convincing British authorities to rescue him from Russian mobsters. In return, he offers to reveal detailed information about prominent British figures’ collaboration with the mobsters in a plan to gain a charter to open a huge bank in Britain. With the young couple’s help, a unit of British Intelligence mounts an operation to deliver the Russian and his family to safety in Britain. Behind the scenes, however, a bureaucratic struggle rages over whether the British authorities truly want the Russian and his information. Our Kind of Traitor has many of the familiar themes of recent le Carré novels, but they are embedded in an absorbing and entertaining tale with well-developed characters. This time around, le Carré introduces moral issues with some measure of subtlety, so that their presence doesn’t stifle the development of a good story.

  • Bookmarks Magazine
    2019-02-06 12:10

    Much to the dismay of many longtime fans, le Carré chose to keep up with the times after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Yet, despite his shift from Cold War-era espionage to more contemporary themes, le Carré's signature stark prose, pitch-perfect dialogue, authentic characters, and moral indignation have stood the test of time. The critics were pleased to see "the master" (Telegraph) back in action, but some had reservations: While the Guardian lamented the "long, fussily narrated opening," the Scotsman praised Traitor's "long and elegantly paced plot." Others quibbled about some dubious plot devices and cartoonish villains, but these complaints paled beside "the old magic" (Telegraph). Intriguing and tense, Traitor shines a blinding, angry, and welcome light on shady international finances and underhanded intelligence agents. This is an excerpt from a review published in Bookmarks magazine.

  • Jay Connor
    2019-02-06 15:08

    Not since Graham Green's "Our Man in Havana" has an author, here John le Carre, had such literate, yet tongue-in-cheek, fun with an accidental spy.Perry and his girlfriend, Gail, are approached by Dima, a money laundering Russian of international proportions, who is seeking asylum in Great Britian. In the course of their becoming pawns to the machinations of several spy agencies, as well as the Russian mafia, we discover how we too are, in many ways, pawns in a global world financial order where the likes of Dima, Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch, and al Quida can manipulate events for selfish financial gain. Perhaps the most chilling is the quick profit that Dima made on the terrorists attacks in Mumbai, India by playing the market as it reacted to the event with insider information as to when the terrorists bombs were to be detonated. Strong parallels are made to our manipulated mortgage Crisis in the US.Free Markets? Today, that seems as good a fiction as a John le Carre, without the redeeming clever repartee.

  • Labijose
    2019-02-17 12:16

    “Perry y Gail acaban de regresar de unas vacaciones en el Caribe, donde conocieron al misterioso Dima, un millonario ruso que teme por su propia vida. El hombre cree que sólo podrá salvarse con la colaboración de Perry. Y Dima tiene dinero y está preparado para pagar lo que sea necesario”. En comparación a otras novelas de LeCarré, “Un traidor como los nuestros” la he encontrado menos elaborada. Como suele ser habitual en sus relatos, tarda bastantes páginas en enganchar, pero cuando lo consigue, el interés te mantendrá pegado a la lectura hasta el final. Final que me ha decepcionado bastante, para ser totalmente sincero. El bien y el mal se difuminan de tal forma en este constante juego mental, que al final no sabes bien con qué bando quedarte. Esta novela tiene algo de “claustrofóbica”, y no me dejó tan buen sabor de boca como otras grandes novelas del autor. Con otro final, le pondría cuatro ó hasta cinco estrellas, pero creo que no merece más de tres.

  • John
    2019-01-23 12:14

    Delicious. Sparse of word / expansive in description. Just enough for our imaginations to fill in the blanks. This is Le Carre as he is currently; simple meeting, throw in the innocents, spice 'em up with some training, shake things up

  • Kenny
    2019-02-18 15:31

    Whatever the literary equivalent of a B movie is, this is it. It's not his most ambitious or wide ranging work, and happily aims at a more contained, lower and slower burning plot. A young couple meet a Russian in Antigua, bond over a game of tennis and the rest of the holiday, then he asks their help in defecting and he'll exchange what he knows as a money launderer with MI6. So off they go...There's a single press article at the end of the novel, and it would appear to be the piece that acted as an inspiration for the whole plot - which is fascinating and perhaps an insight into how this one came about. It's typical Le Carre - expertly plotted, and builds the tension in each scene more and more. As his writing style is very much grounded and 'real', and he has always had a fairly bleak view of the world, so nothing and no-one ever feels safe. there's always some very good moral questions raised in situations where nothing would appear to be remotely near 'right'.The main cast of the novel do their thing, which while tense, is less involving than some of the politics in the background - and much of it off page. In another book, some of the operators at the top level would be seen, but this book isn't about them, it's about the rung or two down the ladder who are doing the operational side. As well written as ever - not his best - but always well worth reading.

  • Jorge Reyes
    2019-01-21 13:30

    Durante la lectura pensaba sobre lo complicado que es confiar en las pasiones, en una humanidad desordenada capaz de lo mas bello pero también de lo peor si no existe una profunda lucha interior con una orientación y apoyo de buenas personas y también de lo divino. Después de leer a le Carré en esta obra, he vuelto a interesarme por la acción del ser movido por una emotividad que al parecer está controlada, pero, evidentemente no lo está, esa emotividad que acciona fibras que no deberían tocarse nunca, pero que muchos de los sistemas que hemos creado, consciente, inconsciente e ignorantemente promueven. El arco que crea el autor con los personajes toma matices que no encontré en otras obras del mismo. La atmósfera y el estilo inigualable se mantienen. Existe a lo largo de toda la historia una deliciosa tensión que termina con otro "sabor", ya el lector evaluará. Es una historia con diversos giros argumentales y muchos clichés, pero al autor se le permite por que su fortaleza podría no estar ahí. Es, una lectura para adultos.

  • Vanessa Neumann
    2019-02-05 11:27

    One of my favorite books by John le Carré. A crystal clear yet suspenseful read, he captures the intertwining worlds of money launderers and spies pithily and accurately. Pure joy to read.