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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. <p> 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 Carre'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. <p> This is territory le Carre knows better

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Library Journal Review

The Orlov brothers, black marketeers in the chaos of the new Russia, take a dim view of being betrayed by their money-laundering British bank, Single & Single. In this story's stunning opening scene, they express their dismay by shooting one of the bank's employees and sending a video of the assassination to bank president Tiger Single, who runs for his life. Tiger's son Oliver, disgusted with the Russians' greed and dismayed by his flamboyant father's immorality, had turned the Orlovs in to British customs four years earlier. Living quietly under a new identity, Oliver discovers a huge deposit has been made in his daughter's bank account, which can only mean that Tiger has located him. Finding that his father is in danger, Oliver searches over a good share of the world trying to save him. Veteran author le Carr‚ (A Small Town in Germany) has created an intricate story with some fine characterizations at its core and an enormous amount of research to make every twist plausible. Moreover, he narrates surprisingly well. If the ending seems abrupt, this is a minor shortcoming. Recommended.ÄJohn Hiett, Iowa City P.L. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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