This is my review of the Constant Gardener by John Le Carre, which was listened to a few weeks ago.
This year being able to enjoy Christmas and New Year a bit more than last has meant that they have not been a good time for writing, but have been a good time for sitting in front of the fire and reading. This does mean that I currently have a back log of four more reviews to do.
We listened to the Constant Gardener as an audio book, whilst travelling in the car. I do not know if it was because we listened to it rather than reading it but the level of description used is truly amazing. John was able to paint perfect pictures of the African landscape, just as if one had a picture in front of you.
This was a slight departure form the normal cloak and dagger spy world, to that of industrial and pharmaceutical skulduggery for a quick buck. All about using the poor African as a guinea pig to test a new drug, but it turned out it had terrible side effects.
I have properly already spoilt the plot, but just to give a hint of the outline - Justin Quayle, a British diplomat in Nairobi, Kenya, is told that his activist wife, Tessa, was killed while travelling with a doctor friend in a desolate region of Africa. Investigating on his own, Quayle discovers that her murder, reportedly done by her friend, may have had more sinister roots.
And from there on wards Justin tries to uncover the truth, going all over the world as part of the process.
An enjoyable audio book - This was book 45 week 32 fiction 42 (13 on audio) non fiction 3
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