A Delicate Truth

A Delicate Truth

Book - 2013
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In 2008, a cloak-and-dagger plot to capture an arms dealer in Gibraltar under the mantle of counterterrorism goes awry. Quinn's secretary, Toby Bell, who was kept out of the loop, has incriminating information about the mission and the chance to use it three years later when one of the soldiers involved ends up dead and a retired British diplomat, roped into participating against his will, tries to salve his conscience about some nasty pieces of collateral damage.
Publisher: Toronto : Penguin Group (Canada), 2013.
ISBN: 9780670067169
0670067164
Characteristics: 309 p.

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talktimereader
May 04, 2016

I do love John Le Carre He is a great writer.

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ghubble
Jul 10, 2015

I lost count of the number of times I fell asleep reading this book. It was disjointed and lacked any action or character development to speak of. After struggling through so much mediocrity, I was even more disappointed to find that the book ended absolutely nowhere. Put this one on your "Skip" list.

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nlamm
Oct 14, 2013

Overall quite good. Characters (esp. villains) almost straight out of a Stanley Kubrick film - manic.

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dirtbag1
Sep 27, 2013

Even a writer as gifted as Le Carre can't save weak story. Worth reading just to enjoy the great literary style.

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gloryb
Sep 17, 2013

Keep reading even though the different points of view and flashbacks may puzzle you. The author helps you follow the story and the plot will become clear as you read along. Story tension is best..the climax..just before the novel comes to an "end", an ending to be resumed in another book, no doubt, unfortunately. I found the idea of the novel an interesting one b/c of recent news coverage of whistle blowers: why they do it, how they get the info, what happens to them and coverups.

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nboychuk
Sep 04, 2013

The opening was captivating but I had to quit as the whole plot, purpose, many characters, poor development, and so many more literary worthy books awaiting my reading, I quit half way through.

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colleenkouwenberg
Aug 08, 2013

This book had very little discernible plot nor development of characters. It was extremely difficult to follow and jumped all over the place. I've read books that were in different time eras and were told by different characters from different points of view, but this book was just a jumble. My husband, who reads deeply, abandoned it after some effort.

frogmarch Jul 04, 2013

Kept me turning the pages right upto the final page. What will Toby and Emma do in the sequel?

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brunetti
Jul 02, 2013

this started slowly for me, but quickly captured me, and held me captive to the end. and beyond.

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bette108
Jul 01, 2013

This story started great and then became convoluted by the introduction of so many new characters and places that I couldn't follow it, and eventually gave up.

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