Wednesday, 12 September 2012

THE CONSTANT GARDENER - John le Carré, 2001

This should be so good but somehow it doesn’t quite live up to expectations.

We know from the start that Tessa is dead, horribly murdered, and there should be a real sense of urgency to find out why she was targeted. I know I’m hardly qualified to tell John le Carre how to write a thriller, but where is the thrill in this? Tessa Quayle championed every good cause going and in a corrupt country, which one eventually led to her death is hardly the point of interest.
But it is well-written and I had no trouble polishing it off in a couple of afternoons.

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