The Spy Who Came In From the Cold
By: John le Carre
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase
In the shadow of the newly erected Berlin Wall, Alec Leamas watches as his last agent is shot dead by East German sentries. For Leamas, the head of Berlin Station, the Cold War is over. As he faces the prospect of retirement or worse—a desk job—Control offers him a unique opportunity for revenge. Assuming the guise of an embittered and dissolute ex-agent, Leamas is set up to trap Mundt, the deputy director of the East German Intelligence Service—with himself as the bait. In the background is George Smiley, ready to make the game play out just as Control wants.
I seem to be on a bit of a John le Carre roll, having read A Most Wanted Man (review) fairly recently. This particular book however has been on my want-to-read for so long, ever since I first heard of John le Carre and having read Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (movie review) years ago. I was quite excited when I finally got my hands on the book for a good deal at a bookstore some time ago xD
A Most Wanted Man
By: John le Carre
Format/Source: Mass bound paperback; my purchase
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 Frères, 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 so-called War on Terror, the spies of three nations converge upon the innocents.
I picked this book up recently because I saw the trailer some time ago for the movie adaptation starring Philip Hoffman Seymour and was piqued. This is the third le Carre novel I’ve read by him–having read the infamous Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (err, I thought I reviewed the book here but it looks like I only did so with the movie :3 ) and A Delicate Truth (review)–so I was rather thrilled.
You: A Novel
By: Caroline Kepnes
Format/Source: Advanced Reading Copy courtesy of Simon & Schuster CA
When aspiring writer Guinevere Beck strides into the East Village bookstore where Joe works, he’s instantly smitten. Beck is everything Joe has ever wanted: She’s gorgeous, tough, razor-smart, and as sexy as his wildest dreams.
Beck doesn’t know it yet, but she’s perfect for him, and soon she can’t resist her feelings for a guy who seems custom made for her. But there’s more to Joe than Beck realizes, and much more to Beck than her oh-so-perfect façade. Their mutual obsession quickly spirals into a whirlwind of deadly consequences . . .
The premise of this novel was what piqued my attention; aside from the way the blurb ends, there’s just something about that hints at something unexpected underneath the surface. I was provided an advanced reading copy of this novel courtesy of Simon & Schuster CA for review. This novel will be available on 30 September 2014.
The Sadness of the Samurai
By: Victor del Arbol
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase
When Isabel, a Spanish aristocrat living in the pro-Nazi Spain of 1941, becomes involved in a plot to kill her Fascist husband, she finds herself betrayed by her mysterious lover. The effects of her betrayal play out in a violent struggle for power in both family and government over three generations, intertwining her story with that of a young lawyer named Maria forty years later. During the attempted Fascist coup of 1981, Maria is accused of plotting the prison escape of a man she successfully prosecuted for murder. As Maria’s and Isabel’s narratives unfold they encircle each other, creating a page-turning literary thriller firmly rooted in history.
I stumbled across this book during one of my many searches across GoodReads for books set in Spain or written by a Spanish author. The title of the novel was a curious one but the premise sounded very interesting and promised some grand drama. I got it some time ago for my eReader but only got around to reading it now. I was initially planning on reading it parts at a time while I re-read a few other novels, but after a few chapters, I was wholly sucked into the story 😛
This book is part of the Everything Espana Reading Challenge 2014 that I am participating in.
By: Gillian Flynn
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase
On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media–as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents–the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter–but is he really a killer?
As the cops close in, every couple in town is soon wondering how well they know the one that they love. With his twin sister, Margo, at his side, Nick stands by his innocence. Trouble is, if Nick didn’t do it, where is that beautiful wife? And what was in that silvery gift box hidden in the back of her bedroom closet?
Okay, you guys know of my aversion of reading books that are super hyped up and popular amongst readers at the moment, right? Nonetheless I was somewhat curious about this book + people have recommended it to me (thanks, cuz!) + an movie adaptation directed by David Lynch is coming out this autumn:
So yes, I finally got around to picking up the book and reading it for myself what everyone was talking about 😉 Contains spoilers ahead!