Review: A Delicate Truth by John le Carré


If you’re looking for an international, contemporary spy thriller, read about Edward Snowden. John le Carré’s A Delicate Truth is a disjointed novel that fishes for relevancy by focusing on military contractors like Blackwater Academi and what one man will do to uncover the truth.

The cast of characters include an old-fashioned civil servant, a minister in the Foreign Office, a young rising star in the Foreign Service and his mentor, a misused soldier, a rich, religious, conservative from Texas who owns a Blackwater-like company, a flashy military contractor, and of course a pretty young doctor for a bit of romance.

Honestly, I don’t want to write much about this book. I was looking for something light to read, but at times, the novel felt drawn out and changes in perspective and time came without transition. I spent a few pages wondering who is this character and when has this happened? Part of that was due to the character referring to himself differently than how other characters referred to him.

All in all, this is a novel to skip.

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