The fiction event of the autumn from 'the essential voice of our time' - Daily Telegraph
New spies with new loyalties, old spies with old ones; terror as the new mantra; decent people wanting to do good, but caught in the moral maze; all the sound, rational reasons for doing the inhuman thing; this is the fabric of John le Carre's current novel 4 Most Wanted Man.A half-starved young Russian man in a long black overcoat is smuggled into Hamburg at dead of night. He has an improbable amount of cash secreted in a purse round his neck. He is a devout Muslim. Or is he? He says his name is Issa.Annabel, an idealistic young German civil rights lawyer, determines to save Issa from deportation. Soon her client's survival becomes more important to her than her own career - or safety. In pursuit of Issa's mysterious past, she confronts the incongruous Tommy Brue, the sixty-year-old scion of Brue Freres, a failing British bank based in Hamburg.Annabel, Issa and Brue form an unlikely alliance - and a triangle of impossible loves is born. Meanwhile, scenting a sure kill in the 'War on Terror', the rival spies of Germany, England and America converge upon the innocents.