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Tessa had been compiling data against a multinational drug company that uses helpless Africans as guinea pigs to test a tuberculosis remedy with unfortunately fatal side effects. Her report was destroyed by her husband's superiors; was she? It's all somehow connected to the sinister British firm House of ThreeBees, whose ad boasts that it's "buzzy for the health of Africa!" John le Carré symbolically associates ThreeBees with an ominous buzz in the Nairobi morgue: "Over [the corpses], in a swaying, muddy mist, hung the flies, snoring on a single note."
The home office tries to take Quayle in out of the cold. He cleverly eludes their clammy embrace, turns spy, and takes off on a global chase to avenge Tessa and solve her murder. Le Carré has lost none of his gift for setting vivid scenes in far-flung places expertly described: London, Germany, Saskatchewan, Kenya. His sprinting thriller prose remains in great shape. And thanks to his 16 years in the British Foreign Office, his merciless send-up of its cutthroat intrigues and petty self-delusions is unbelievably good--or rather, believably so. This is global do-gooder satire on a literary par with Doris Lessing's The Summer Before the Dark.
But you want to know if The Constant Gardener is as good as Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. Very nearly. Africa's nightmare is more complex than the cold war chess match, and the world pharmaceutical circus is tougher to dramatize than the old spy-versus-spy-versus-spymaster game. Still, le Carré can write a smart, melancholy page-turner, and his moral outrage (the real subject of his books) burns as brightly as ever. --Tim Appelo --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I thought I was reading a mystery and it turned out to be a morality tale. And I HATE MORALITY TALES. Read morePublished 9 days ago by jennifer layton
The narrative pulls you into the plot quickly and effortlessly, and the characters bring the story close enough to believe.Published 11 days ago by Alexander Compton
I wanted to like this so much, but I just could not get into it. My mom loved it though.Published 22 days ago by BetterKnown
Don't listen to anyone who says this is not worth reading. I love John Le Carre, but some of his books, "Spy Who Came in from the Cold", "The Russia House",... Read morePublished 26 days ago by Marty Reeh
JohnLe Carre' could have eliminated half the words, I had not read any of his books in years and now I know why, It was a struggle to get through. Read morePublished 1 month ago by June Shaw
I have yet to see what is so great about John LeCarre. This book was a bit tedious to get through. Maybe the movies from his books are better.Published 1 month ago by S. Dunayer
Good mystery read. One of my first Le Carre. Am hooked.Published 1 month ago by Patricia L. Saporito
First, I want to say that I read a lot (usually 2 books a week) and I belong to 2 book clubs. I am not an expert, but I know what I like. Read morePublished 2 months ago by IS IT WORTH YOUR TIME