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Single & Single by John le Carre

Single & Single (original 1999; edition 1999)

by John le Carre

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A crooked father and an honest son are the protagonists of this novel on money laundering. The father is Tiger Single, owner of a British investment house, laundering money for criminals. His dream is to see his son follow in his footsteps, but the son is honest and will not have anything to do with him--until the father's life is threatened.… (more)
Title:Single & Single
Authors:John le Carre
Info:Scribner (1999), Edition: 1st Ptg, Hardcover, 352 pages
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Single & Single by John le Carré (1999)



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Another great Le Carre. One of the first after the wall came down, and who the bad guys are isn't as easy to decipher! I'm sure that Oliver's relationship with Tiger has some beginnings in Le Carre's own crazy relationship with his own father. ( )
  BooksForDinner | May 23, 2018 |
Read during Fall 2002

The House of Single launders money and the breakup of the Soviet Union gives them some interesting partners in Russia and Georgia. Oliver Single trains for the law and enters the business of laundering the Orlov brother's money. The plot is complicated and everyone is double-crossing everyone but I actually figured out what was happening. Not quite as much of the moral ambiguity; the bad guys are pretty uniformly bad but the need for all women to instantly collapse in love at Oliver's feet is unexplained.
  amyem58 | Jul 14, 2014 |
so-so; Russian mafia seeks revenge on turncoat son of their London bankers
  FKarr | Apr 5, 2013 |
What links a corporate lawyer facing death on a Turkish hillside with a children's entertainer from Devon? An interesting thriller spanning Europe from England to Georgia. ( )
  isabelx | Feb 26, 2011 |
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When Oliver learns that one of his former colleagues has had his head blown off, he emerges to rescue his father from the same fate. To do this he becomes, in essence, a spy. The spy who came back to the bank. That is how le Carré very neatly gets around the whole problem of his banking thriller: he turns it into a spy thriller. Once this trick is turned he is back on his old turf and into his favorite themes: deception and suspicion and loyalty and betrayal. All of these he handles with his usual spark and originality. The moral center of the story is a young man who betrays his father in order to save him. In le Carré's hands betrayal becomes a form of loyalty. It is a rich idea, which le Carré writes richly. But try getting it across in a real bank!
added by John_Vaughan | editNY Times, Michael Lewis (Jul 20, 1999)
Le Carre exposes the dark side of international finance when the founder of a major investment house disappears, and his estranged son hunts global criminals to Zurich, Tbilisi, and Instanbul.
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