The Innocent is a startlingly prescient novel from Booker prize-winning Sunday Times bestselling author Ian McEwan.
Into a Berlin wrenched between East and West, comes twenty-five-year-old Leonard Marnham, assigned to a British-American surveillance team. Though only a pawn in an international plot, Leonard uses his secret work to escape the bonds of his ordinary life.
The promise of his new life begins to be fulfilled as Leonard becomes a crucial part of the surveillance team, while simultaneously being initiated into a new world of love and sex by Maria, a beautiful young German woman. It is a promise that turns to horror in the course of one terrible evening – a night when Leonard Marnham learns just how much of his innocence he's willing to shed.
'The plot crackles like thin ice with dread and suspense' Mail on Sunday
The plot crackles like thin ice with dread and suspense
Powerful and disturbing...a tour de force
To call The Innocent a spy novel would be like calling Lord of the Flies a boy's adventure yarn...it ensure McEwan's major status
The sheer cleverness of the book is dazzling, and only fully to be appreciated as you turn the last page
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
The author to follow Machines Like Me with a ‘political satire in the old tradition’ this month.
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