Agent Running in the Field - John le Carré

Agent Running in the Field

By John le Carré

  • Release Date: 2019-10-22
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4
From 607 Ratings


“[Le Carré’s] novels are so brilliant because they’re emotionally and psychologically absolutely true, but of course they’re novels.” —New York Times Book Review

A thrilling tale for our times from the undisputed master of the spy genre

Nat, a 47 year-old veteran of Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service, 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. Agent Running in the Field is a chilling portrait of our time, now heartbreaking, now darkly humorous, told to us with unflagging tension by the greatest chronicler of our age.


  • Trumpers Swipe Left

    By ManhattanEssayist
    I notice that one soi disant “conservative” reviewer stopped reading this novel, citing its adverse view of the worst President in American history. There may be others, although surely not very many. For those not so blinkered, this is top flight late LeCarre. As in all his writing at its heart is the difficulty of preserving some human decency while serving one’s country.
  • Stopped quarter of the way through

    By BeMooreToday
    I’ve never stopped mid-read but with this one I had to. The overly obvious liberal bent written in a way to smear any conservative idea or person was too much.