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Night Manager [Mass Market Paperback]

John Le Carre
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Pine's quest July 10 2007
By Stephen A. Haines HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Jonathan Pine, sometime hotelier, soldier, killer, lover and agent, is swept up in a complex international intrigue. Weapons for sale is the pivot around which money, power and even romance impinge on Jonathan's life. The many roles, varied and useful as they are, leave him with no particular purpose in life. Until he encounters "the worst man in the world". The prompt is Sophie, who might have been a lover, but who belongs to Freddie Hamid. Freddie is aligned with Richard Onslow Roper, of Nassau, the Bahamas. The name and location are almost a slap in the face, since the Caribbean island-nations are host to shady firms. Little or no taxes and even less government supervision make it possible for the unscrupulous to engage in many forms of chicanery. Drugs and weapons loom large in that realm.

Left at loose ends by the fall of the Soviet Union, British Intelligence services need a fresh cause. If nothing else, all those bureaucratic structures and their personnel need to turn their expertise to new tasks. The problem is that the Cold War enabled influential people to develop links through the various spy networks. How many wealthy aristocrats are now involved in picking up the pieces to further enrich themselves? And which ones are doing so? Pine, picked up by one of the new spin-off intelligence organisations is set to learn answers to these questions. A faked murder sends him to unreachable places with a new identity. It puts him in a position to penetrate the Roper organisation. Throughout this tale, Pine is driven by the ghost of Sophie, who was found beaten to death in Egypt. Even in the backwoods of Quebec, hiding from authorities and maneuvering to complete his mission, he is beset by the image of her in his mind.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Le Carre In the Sunlight Dec 6 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
A very un-Le Carre Le Carre, but a fascinating journey nonetheless. Our hero, a British ex-serviceman, is a night manager at a Swiss hotel when he comes across a roving gang of gun-runners. His brief acquaintance with the leader - an fellow Brit expatriate, venal but somehow likeable - leads British intelligence to recruit him to the Cause, and, through a series of carefully planned misadventures, he's adopted into the gang and shacks up at its private Caribbean base. Many observations on the politics of money laundering and the drug trade, particularly the ambivalence of the Cold War era agents towards cooperating with the DEA. Again, Le Carre's sense of atmosphere - particularly the stupefying torpor of the Bahamas - is tone perfect.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a good read Nov. 30 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
le carre delivers as usual a novel with good character development that shows how complicated and confilcted people can be.
Here he deals with issues of commiting eveil acts for good outcomes it was good to see two characters from previous books here. One is the inhouse lawyer for the circus (he was in the russia house) the other is a peer who is discussed at the end of the secret pilgrim
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4.0 out of 5 stars a good read Nov. 30 2001
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
as usual le carre delivers when it comes to explaining the motives of the characters it was also cool tosee people from the russia house and the secret pilgrim in the book
This book goes over a common le carre theme of peopel doing evil acts for good outcomes.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a good read Nov. 30 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
as usual le carre delivers when it comes to explaining the motives of the characters it was also cool tosee people from the russia house and the secret pilgrim in the book
This book goes over a common le carre theme of peopel doing evil acts for good outcomes.
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4.0 out of 5 stars John le Carre on the upward swing Sept. 25 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Mr le Carre seems to blow hot and cold, one good book, one pot boiler. The Night Manager definitely falls into the former category. Jonathan Pine is the manager of a hotel in Switzerland, formal, correct, impeccable. But, like all le Carre's characters his placid exterior hides a multitude of depths. His mission is to bring down the "worst man in the world." Roper, the millionaire, gun runner, invulnerable friend of government ministers, philanthropist, doting father. Pine must infiltrate, seduce, outwit and destroy the empire that Roper has built. The tension is maintained perfectly and the everyday manner in which the characters go about their deadly business makes the book all the more riveting. If the final denouement is slightly disappointing, as if perhaps the author found himself in a cul de sac with no way out, overall, the story holds together wonderfully. And let's face it, at least he didn't finish with, "And then Jonathan woke up."
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4.0 out of 5 stars Le Carre Revisits a Classic May 1 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
While not meaning this as an insult, it's helpful to know that _The Night Manager_ is essentially a rewrite of _The Spy Who Came In From The Cold_ -- except that the Berlin Wall is now an invisible wall made up of money, class, privilege and moral ambiguity. Johnny Pine is a man adrift -- a successful night-manager for exclusive hotels, he spends his time carefully forgetting his past in the SAS, and trying to forget how to feel.
This is probably the most Greene-like of le Carre's novels; the action is driven by Pine's need for atonement for sins we know of and sins sins he barely hints at. It's richer, more complex and better-written than its forbear, but to some extent it lacks the melancholy ring of truth that made _Spy Who..._ so effective as an antidote to the romantic spy fiction of its day. Nevertheless, le Carre does a credible job of bringing his attention to bear on new areas of conflict. Well worth looking at.
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