“[Le Carré’s] novels are so brilliant because they’re emotionally and psychologically absolutely true, but of course they’re novels.” —New York Times Book Review
A new novel from the number one New York Times bestselling writer John le Carré
Nat, a 47 year-old veteran of Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service, believes his years as an agent runner are over. He’s back in London with his wife, the long-suffering Prue. But with the growing threat from Moscow Centre, the place of business has one more job for him. Nat is to take over The Haven, a defunct substation of London General with a rag-tag band of spies. The one bright light at the team is young Florence, who has her eye on Russia Department and a Ukrainian oligarch with a finger within the Russia pie.
Nat is not just a spy, He’s a passionate badminton player. His regular Monday evening opponent is half his age: the introspective and solitary Ed. Ed hates Brexit, hates Trump and hates his job at some soulless media agency. And it’s Ed, of all unlikely people, who will take Prue, Florence and Nat himself down the path of political anger so that you can ensnare them all. Agent Running within the Field is a chilling portrait of our time, now heartbreaking, now darkly humorous, told to us with unflagging tension by the greatest chronicler of our age.