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eBook Single  Single download ISBN: 0340738987
Author: John le CARRE
Publisher: Scribner; First Edition edition (1999)
Language: English
Pages: 388
ePub: 1741 kb
Fb2: 1893 kb
Rating: 4.6
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Category: Mystery
Subcategory: Thrillers and Suspense

Single & Single provides a fascinating journey through the new landscape of corruption. Oliver Single is a wonderful le Carré creation. Le Carré continues to be this century’s principle apostle of betrayal. a superbly skilled writer.

Single & Single provides a fascinating journey through the new landscape of corruption. The power of Single & Single stems from the author’s portrait of a world in which individuals are no match for the organized mania of greed. The narrative is tautly constructed and tension is deftly created through seamless cuts between the present and flashbacks. Le Carré is more than just a great storyteller.

House of Single does not bribe, of course.

Hoban was reading from a Gucci prayer book of maroon leather that he held open before his face, at an angle not to obstruct the barrel of the . Single’s is a dependable and honest house. Our customers’ interests are paramount.

Hoban was reading from a Gucci prayer book of maroon leather that he held open before his face, at an angle not to obstruct the barrel of the automatic. Question, he declaimed, festive as a town crier.

Single & Single is a novel by John le Carré about a British Customs and Excise officer named Brock on the trail of elusive fraudster Tiger Single. Helped by Tiger's son Oliver, Brock unravels the mystery of an international money-laundering operation. Like many of Le Carré's novels, the narrative begins in the in medias res style, midway through the events which have precipitated the opening scene.

John le Carre established his well-deserved fame in the early 1960s on the basis of the espionage fiction that reflected his career in Britain’s Security Service (MI5) and Secret Intelligence Service (MI6).

Only 19 left in stock (more on the way). John le Carre established his well-deserved fame in the early 1960s on the basis of the espionage fiction that reflected his career in Britain’s Security Service (MI5) and Secret Intelligence Service (MI6). Over the five decades since then, he has returned again and again to the world of spies. But to stay relevant in the years since the end of the Cold War, he has also ventured into other areas such as corporate crime, terrorism, and high-stakes finance.

Both Single & Single & Our Kind of Traitor are part of le Carré's brand of. .

Both Single & Single & Our Kind of Traitor are part of le Carré's brand of post-Soviet spy fiction. all with the help of profiteers in the West, of course.

In "Single & Single," le Carré masterfully establishes a sequence of events whose connections are mysterious, complex and compelling. He tells of corrupt liaisons between criminal elements in the new Russian states and the world of legitimate finance in the West. John le Carré 's classic novels deftly navigate readers through the intricate shadow worlds of international intrigue with unsurpassed skill and knowledge, and have earned him unprecedented worldwide acclaim. A lawyer from a London finance house is shot dead on a Turkish hillside by people with whom he thought he was in business.

David John Moore Cornwell (born 19 October 1931), better known by the pen name John le Carré (/ləˈkæreɪ/), is a British author of espionage novels. During the 1950s and 1960s, he worked for both the Security Service (MI5) and the Secret Intelligence. During the 1950s and 1960s, he worked for both the Security Service (MI5) and the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6). His third novel, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1963), became an international best-seller and remains one of his best-known works. Following the success of this novel, he left MI6 to become a full-time author.

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Ximinon
John le Carre established his well-deserved fame in the early 1960s on the basis of the espionage fiction that reflected his career in Britain’s Security Service (MI5) and Secret Intelligence Service (MI6). Over the five decades since then, he has returned again and again to the world of spies. But to stay relevant in the years since the end of the Cold War, he has also ventured into other areas such as corporate crime, terrorism, and high-stakes finance. Single & Single, published in 1999, explores the dark recesses of international money-laundering.

Enter the “Russian mob”

In the 1990s, once the Berlin Wall was torn down and the Soviet Union fell apart, Russia entered into a period with the trappings of democracy. The change did not run deep, however. Effective control of Russian society shifted from a Communist hierarchy to criminal gangs widely known as “mafias.” There was no “Russian mob” as such. (However, that term may apply to Coney Island — and it might even be an apt description of Vladimir Putin and his cronies.) With connections to Boris Yeltsin‘s government, the most entrepreneurial of the mafias made their fortunes by snapping up formerly state-owned companies at bargain-basement rates through privatization. Le Carre writes about one such well-connected gang in Single & Single.

The novel’s title is the name of a wealthy and powerful London-based financial services firm. As we learn early in the story, the Single fortune is built on money-laundering for Russian criminals. The firm’s founder, Tiger Single, is ruthless. But his son, Oliver, gradually develops a conscience after he joins the company. Oliver’s agreement to serve as an informant for Her Majesty’s Customs Service is the linchpin on which the novel hangs.

International criminals and corrupt financiers in a tale of betrayal

The story opens with the brutal execution of Tiger’s attorney on a field in Western Turkey. That murder reflects the Russian gang’s mistaken belief that Tiger has been stealing from them. Meanwhile, Oliver’s relationship has deepened with Brock, the veteran senior Customs agent who is handling him. To gather evidence against the Russians and his father, and to identify the corrupt British police officers who have sold out to Tiger, Oliver becomes deeply involved in dealings with the Russian gangsters and their families. The scene shifts from Turkey to England to Armenia, where the gangsters are based. The tale is fast-moving, suspenseful, and shocking. If there’s a moral to this story, it’s that it’s dangerous to get involved with money-laundering for criminals. But some of us knew that already, right?
elegant stranger
It’s kind of hard to describe this book. It’s supposed to be some kind of espionage novel, but set in the days after the end of all-out communism in Russia, when nearly everything begins to come under the control of various organized crime groups.
We are most concerned here with the British firm of Single & Single, a big name in international finance. Apparently their main business is money laundering. And the Russian (in this case mostly Georgian) criminal organization they have become involved with has gotten the idea Single’s has betrayed them, which leads to the opening scene of the book, the murder of one of Single’s lawyers.
From there the story is a little hard to follow. We are introduced to a harmless-seeming clown (literally – he does balloon animals at kids’ birthday parties and the like) who eventually turns out to be Oliver Single, son of Tiger Single, founder of Single & Single. There is a long segment of mostly flashbacks explaining his apparently rather brief career with the firm, which has led eventually to his confessing everything to Nathaniel Brock, a senior official for the British Customs office, which is in turn the eventual cause of his going into hiding as a clown. Brock’s primary interest appears to be not so much in bringing down Single’s or messing directly in the Russian criminal organizations as in tracking down and weeding out corrupt British officials of all kinds who are facilitating all this.
Eventually Oliver and Brock get together, and Brock tells Oliver what they know about the murder and that Tiger Single has disappeared. Apparently, he sends Oliver on a mission to find out the details of what has happened. The more Oliver discovers, the more concerned he becomes that his father is in danger. He finally decides to take off on his own to find his father, but is caught by the female agent Brock has paired him with for his investigations. Fortunately for Oliver, she slips off with him, and they make their way to the secret valley in Georgia where the crime family’s hideout is.
Although things appear to be mostly cleared up at the end, it seemed to me that there were still a lot of unresolved issues. Not sure how much of this is setting the stage for the next book (I believe there is at least one sequel to this one) and how much is just leaving you to wonder about what else is going on.