Reviews

  • A fine piece of storytelling. It is a neat, compact, slow-burning tale with just the right amount of twisting and turning and misdirection. Divided loyalties, uncertain motives, Russian agents, bureaucratic infighting, jaded spies, tatty offices - all of the things you want and expect from a high-quality le Carré thriller are here

    The Times
  • A very classy entertainment about political ideals and deception . . . laced with fury at the senseless vandalism of Brexit and of Trump. Le Carré is the master of the spy genre.

    Guardian
  • Le Carré delivers a tale for our times, replete with the classic seasoning of betrayal, secret state shenanigans and sad-eyed human frailty, all baked into an oven-hot contemporary thriller . . . Agent Running in the Field is right on the money, in psychology as much as politics, a demonstration of the British spy thriller at its unputdownable best

    Robert McCrum, Observer
  • As ingeniously structured as any of le Carré's fiction, skilfully misdirecting the reader for much of the time

    Evening Standard
  • A masterpiece

    Mick Herron, TLS
  • Master of the game

    Sunday Times
  • Le Carré's troubled new protagonist is developed with the author's customary skill . . . an impeccable piece of writing

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  • No other writer has charted - pitilessly for politicians but thrillingly for readers - the public and secret histories of his times

    Guardian
  • The master is back on form in this tale of Russian subterfuge and a middle-aged spy 's suspicious badminton partner

    The Times
  • A rich, beautifully written book studded with surprises. Narrative is a black art, and Le Carré is its grandmaster

    Andrew Taylor, Spectator