By John Le Carré
"Haven't you discovered that in simple terms appearances matter?"
The British Embassy in Bonn is up in palms. Her Majesty's financially bothered executive is looking for admission to Europe's universal marketplace simply as anti-British factions are emerging to strength in Germany. Rioters are challenging reunification, and the very last thing the Crown can have enough money is a scandal. Then Leo Harting—an embassy nobody—goes lacking with a case filled with private documents. London sends Alan Turner to manage the wear and tear, yet he quickly realizes that neither part rather wishes Leo found—alive.
Set opposed to the specter of a German-Soviet alliance, John le Carré's A Small Town in Germany is a wonderful chronicle of chilly warfare paranoia and political compromise.
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A Small Town in Germany: A Novel by John Le Carré