With all of the scandals in Washington right now, what better book to read than John le Carré’s new novel, A Delicate Truth. While NPR didn’t give this book a great review, I found it very enjoyable and would definitely recommend it. NPR and I do agree on one point, the opening of the book is confusing, but definitely stick with it.
The book opens as “Paul,” a British civil servant is asked to take part in a counter-terrorist operation, codenamed Operation Wildlife. The objective of the operation is to capture a high-value jihadist arms buyer. Obviously all does not go well.
Three years later, a foreign minister’s private secretary unwittingly becomes aware of Operation Wildlife and then ensues a fascinating picture of the great lengths politicians and others will go too to make sure that the status quo is protected. As I said before, a perfect read for a scandal ridden summer.
Book Details: Published by Viking Adult (May 7, 2013), 320 pages, ISBN: 0670014893.