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Le Carr‚ reads his new thriller with the voice of a master of the genre, gamely throwing himself into long passages of the dialogue-driven plot. He jumps right into the complex story, set in locations that shift back and forth from Turkey to England, with little set-up explanation. The sense of atmosphere is rich, the polished, descriptive scenes exquisite. However, perhaps due to the abridgment process, a listener is left playing catch-up throughout the tape, struggling to discern what's really going on with the characters. At heart, this is a story of a struggle between father and son, shadowy financier Tiger Single and children's magician Oliver Hawthorne. Tiger has deserted the family to consort with Russian mobsters, and Oliver, having betrayed his father once, now must fight to save his life. They're joined by a complex financial thread that provides the central framework for the international intrigue propelling the action. As audio, the listening experience is frustrating because the material sounds so wonderful, yet it's difficult to keep a grip on what's happening. Simultaneous release with the Scribner hardcover. (Mar.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
The Orlov brothers, black marketeers in the chaos of the new Russia, take a dim view of being betrayed by their money-laundering British bank, Single & Single. In this story's stunning opening scene, they express their dismay by shooting one of the bank's employees and sending a video of the assassination to bank president Tiger Single, who runs for his life. Tiger's son Oliver, disgusted with the Russians' greed and dismayed by his flamboyant father's immorality, had turned the Orlovs in to British customs four years earlier. Living quietly under a new identity, Oliver discovers a huge deposit has been made in his daughter's bank account, which can only mean that Tiger has located him. Finding that his father is in danger, Oliver searches over a good share of the world trying to save him. Veteran author le Carr‚ (A Small Town in Germany) has created an intricate story with some fine characterizations at its core and an enormous amount of research to make every twist plausible. Moreover, he narrates surprisingly well. If the ending seems abrupt, this is a minor shortcoming. Recommended.ÄJohn Hiett, Iowa City P.L. Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
The New York Times Any reader who feared that the end of the Cold War would deprive Mr. le Carr of his subject can now feel a measure of relief. If anything, his subject of East-West misunderstanding has grown richer, and he now possesses vast new territories to mine. People Le Carr reveals a world at once deeply disquieting and oddly reassuring.