Our Kind of Traitor

Our Kind of Traitor

by John le Carré
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Our Kind of Traitor by John le Carré

The unrivaled master of spy fiction returns with a taut and suspenseful of dirty money and dirtier politics.

For nearly half a century, John le Carré's limitless imagination has enthralled millions of readers and moviegoers around the globe. From the cold war to the bitter fruits of colonialism to unrest in the Middle East, he has reinvented the spy novel again and again. Now, le Carré makes his Viking debut with a stunning tour-de-force that only a craftsman of his caliber could pen. As menacing and flawlessly paced as The Little Drummer Girl and as morally complex as The Constant Gardener, Our Kind of Traitor is signature le Carré.

. 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780670022243
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date: 10/12/2010
Pages: 305
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

John le Carré is the nom-de-plume of David Cornwell, who was a member of the British Foreign Service from 1959 to 1964. He has written twenty-one novels that have been published in thirty-six languages around the world.

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Our Kind of Traitor 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 113 reviews.
thewanderingjew More than 1 year ago
Our Kind Of Traitor, John Le Carre I read an advanced uncorrected proof. The book is written with some lighthearted humor and a great deal of suspense. Until the final pages, I was really not sure of the outcome or even the actual nature of the plot! However, I could not stop reading it, so psychologically, the writing style worked for me. I wanted to keep reading even though the details sometimes became overbearing and the path to the plot, often indecipherable. I needed to find out the conclusion. A young British couple, on a much deserved vacation, hoping to define their own relationship and decide on whether or not their future is with each other, unwittingly meet a master money launderer and stumble into a secret financial crisis which involves them into the hidden world of British spies and the Russian mob. The book is very timely as it takes place in the present day with mention of current politicians and events that have recently occurred. The mystery itself evolves around the current financial crisis. It is, however, very fragmented and, as I wrote, until the final pages, the entire plot is not exposed. Although there is some finality, in the conclusion, there are still many questions about some of the characters, that remain unanswered and are left for the reader to decide. It made me wonder if perhaps there would be a sequel. Our Kind Of Traitor is a tale of corrupt politicians, spy organizations that manipulate information for their own benefit, criminals and criminal governments, lies, payoffs, murder and mayhem, bribes, manipulation and coercion, really dirty politics, cheating and government-sponsored mobs.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book must have been found in John le Carre's desk drawn, unfinished, scooped up, sent in to the publisher who finished it just for the money. I kept thinking, "there's not enough pages left to finish this story!" But I kept reading anyway. After the book goes to all the trouble of developing complex personalities the story comes to an abrupt end in just a couple of final pages! I felt tricked into buying it and more disappointed due to the time it waisted in reading it. I keep thinking, I didn't get it! Oh well live and learn.
Johnette More than 1 year ago
Read all his books and this newest one is just as evolutionary as the others. Different tack in writing but rewarding in so many ways. He's not the kind of author you can count on to be steady as it goes. He is always stretching and testing and ultimately rewarding his readers.
Lynie More than 1 year ago
I have a number of friends who are big le Carre fans so I decided to give him a try. It was a total disappointment and I probably won't be buying another. Briefly, a young English couple on vacation (Perry and Gail) meet Dima, a big-time Russian criminal and money launderer. Dima latches on to the couple to solicit their help in obtaining asylum for himself and his family in return for spilling his guts. They return to England and are interrogated endlessly before becoming part of the plan to get the Russian's information. While the idea was a good one, the writing was so dry and dull, I had to force myself to finish this book. There was no action for the first 240 pages and by then I cared so little for these characters that it didn't even matter what happened. After reading OUR KIND OF TRAITOR, I'd suggest you save your money and go to your local library for one of le Carre's earlier books which are supposed to be terrific. Lynn Kimmerle
Former-le-Carre-Fan More than 1 year ago
The first chapter left me with a sinking feeling, but I read the entire book to determine whether my initial impressions were fair. Unfortunately, this book follows the decline of the le Carre series. The dialogue is stilted and forced. The plot, particularly the pivotal overtures by the Russian mobster to the British couple, is unbelievable. While the James Bond novels have wildly unrealistic plots, they can be appreciated as good hokum. "Our Kind of Traitor" proports be realistic, with its mention of recent current events, but it quickly emerges as bad hokum.
RoadWarriorTG More than 1 year ago
Gotta say, I am really surprised at some of the low ratings for this book. John Le Carre is a legend, and I think he's as good here as he has ever been. I think some thriller readers are "hooked" on the blistering pace stuff of Brad Thor et all, but I think there's something to be said for Le Carre's more methodical pace. Highly recommended.
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eBook-Aficionado More than 1 year ago
John Le Carre's writing is always a treat to read, even when he misfires. And misfire he does in this story, where no amount of sheer writing style and talent can salvage a story replete with flashbacks inside flashbacks where nothing significant, not even by way of character growth, happens in the first half to two thirds of the book. Eventually the action picks up, but by then we might be so angry with the author as to simply read out of spite rather than enjoyment, obligation -- because we want to get our money's worth -- rather than excitement.
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This book has no plot and is badly organized. I actually deleted it from my library, which is something I never do. I gave it one star, but am being overly generous. If I had the option it would have a minus score.
manwithmanybooks More than 1 year ago
If you liked: Tinker, Taylor, Sailor Spy, you will enjoy this book as well.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I use audio books on long driving trips; this was a perfect listen.
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Scott Turner More than 1 year ago
Your basic - get 'em on, get 'em over, get 'em in. But with the pace and anguish that is original recipe Le Carre.
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