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  • The plot crackles like thin ice with dread and suspense

    Sunday Times
  • Powerful and disturbing...a tour de force

    New York Times
  • To call The Innocent a spy novel would be like calling Lord of the Flies a boy's adventure ensure McEwan's major status

    Sunday Times
  • The sheer cleverness of the book is dazzling, and only fully to be appreciated as you turn the last page

    London Review of Books
  • Generous in scale, simple in its hideous impact... Ironically, he has celebrated the obsequies of the East-West spy thriller by writing one of the subtlest

    Mail on Sunday

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