'When I was under house arrest I was helped by the books of John le Carré they were a journey into the wider world These were the journeys that made me feel that I was not really cut off from the rest of humankind' Aung San Suu Kyi
A counter-terror operation, codenamed Wildlife, is being mounted in Britain's most precious colony Its purpose: to capture and abduct a high-value jihadist arms-buyer Its authors: an ambitious Foreign Office Minister, and a private defence contractor who is also his close friend So delicate is the operation that even the Minister's private secretary, Toby Bell, is not cleared for it
Suspecting a disastrous conspiracy, Toby attempts to forestall it, but is promptly posted overseas Three years on, summoned by Sir Christopher Probyn, retired British diplomat, to his decaying Cornish manor house, and closely watched by Probyn's daughter Emily, Toby must choose between his conscience and his duty to the Service
If the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing, how can he keep silent?
'One of those writers who will be read a century from now' Robert Harris
'If you want to know about the state of Britain today, forget the Booker shortlist Just read John le Carré's latest thriller' Evening Standard
John le Carré was born in 1931 and attended the universities of Bern and Oxford He taught at Eton and served briefly in British Intelligence during the Cold War For the last 50 years he has lived by his pen He divides his time between London and Cornwall