By John Le Carré
"Haven't you learned that simply appearances matter?"
The British Embassy in Bonn is up in hands. Her Majesty's financially afflicted executive is looking for admission to Europe's universal marketplace simply as anti-British factions are emerging to energy in Germany. Rioters are tough 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 choked with exclusive documents. London sends Alan Turner to manage the wear and tear, yet he quickly realizes that neither aspect fairly 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 battle paranoia and political compromise.
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