Our man in Panama

24 08 2019

The Tailor of Panama by John le Carre

 

Charmer, fabulist and tailor to Panama’s rich and powerful, Harry Pendel loves to tell stories. But when the British spy Andrew Osnard – a man of large appetites, for women, information and above all money – walks into his shop, Harry’s fantastical inventions take on a life of their own. Soon he finds himself out of his depth in an international game he can never hope to win.

Le Carré’s savage satire on the espionage trade is set in a corrupt universe without heroes or honour, where the innocent are collateral damage and treachery plays out as tragic farce.

It’s a slow starter but does eventually pick up. Whilst the politics and the espionage is pretty diverting it is difficult to feel anything for any of the characters. Not bad but not one of his best.

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