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“Carre on writing, John”

published 04/09/2001

AdvantagesGreat plot, Lead character you can empathise with, Well written

DisadvantagesBoring title!

...Spy books and spy films are generally very different things. Of course, you probably already knew that, but for some reason I didn't and I began to plough my way through another le Carre novel (The Russia House) and realised that the "gritty realism" in a spy book is often a lot less interesting than the "thrilling fantacism" of some of the films. So why I chose to read another le Carre novel...

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AdvantagesGood, solid crime fiction

DisadvantagesNot along the lines of Le Carre's spy thrillers - may disappoint some is certainly of that genre. If you like well-written crime fiction, however, you will like this. I was certainly pleasantly surprised. The author John Le Carre, real name David John Moore Cornwell, was educated in Berne and Oxford, before teaching at Eton. He then worked for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in Europe before embarking on his literary career. He is most famous for his spy...

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AdvantagesA cleverly contrived "locked room" murder mystery

DisadvantagesA touch too contrived for credibility

.... Also, it should be said that Dr Fell ? big, booming, affected in speech and mannerism ? will not, as a detective, be everyone?s cup of hot whisky toddy. My mother, for example, a great fan of crime fiction in the classical tradition ? Christie, Allingham, Sayers, Wills Croft, etc, etc ? would not read Dickson Carr because she found Dr Fell too irritating. The author John Dickson Carr was...

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