Single & Single

  • by John le Carré
  • Narrated by John le Carré
  • 6 hrs and 10 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A lawyer from the London finance house of Single & Single is shot dead on a Turkish hillside by people with whom he thought he was in business. A children's magician in the English countryside is asked by his bank to explain the unsolicited arrival of more than five million pounds sterling in his young daughter's modest trust. A freighter bound for Liverpool is boarded by Russian coast guards in the Black Sea. The celebrated London merchant venturer "Tiger" Single disappears into thin air. In Single & Single, the writer who both epitomizes and transcends the novel of espionage opens with a haunting set piece, then establishes a sequence of events whose connections are mysterious, complex, and compelling. This is a story of corrupt liaisons between criminal elements in the new Russian states and the world of legitimate finance in the West. le Carré's finest novel in years, it is also an intimate portrait of two families: one Russian, the other English; one trading illicit goods, the other laundering the profits; one betrayed by a son-in-law, the other betrayed, and redeemed, by a son.

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What the Critics Say

"[Le Carré is] more than just a great storyteller. In Single & Single, he captures the Zeitgeist itself." (Tom Wolfe)
"...the finest imaginative social historian of the postwar years." (The London Times Literary Supplement)

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More Father & Son Tension

If you liked A Perfect Spy, this is a great followup. A great listen.
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- Louis Madigan

Another Fine LeCarre Tale

Enjoyed every minute of it, and superbly narrated by the author. I highly recommend if you enjoy LeCarre's carefully plotted stories and rich character paintings.
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- Old Hippy

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-15-2000
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio