This is my review of the book Our Kind of Traitor by John Le Carre, which I have listened to recently as an audio book.
A left-leaning young Oxford academic Peregrine "Perry" Makepiece and his barrister girlfriend Gail Perkins take an holiday on the Caribbean island of Antigua. By seeming chance they bump into a Russian oligarch millionaire called Dima who owns a peninsula and a diamond-encrusted gold watch. He then challenges them to a game of tennis.
Dima, describes himself as "the world's number one money launderer,"
Dima wants Perry to pass on information about his criminal activities to British intelligence, in exchange for protection for himself and his family. Dima fears for his life because "The Prince", the new leader of his criminal brotherhood, had a good friend of Dima and his wife murdered.
What else he wants propels the young lovers on a tortuous journey through Paris to a safe house in the Swiss Alps, to the murkiest cloisters of the City of London and its unholy alliance with Britain’s Intelligence Establishment, as the Prince now wants Dima to come to Bern to sign over control of the money-laundering operations to him.
The story ends with a very dramatic unexpected ending and John does not disappoint.
A very enjoyable book to listen to whilst driving around.
This was book 12 week 9 – fiction 11 (2 on audio) non fiction 1
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