John le Carré (the pen name of David John Moore Cornwell) is a former diplomatic / intelligence insider, whose books have described and defined the language and plots of modern Spooks and Spies, in literature, film and television e.g. The Spy Who Came in from the Cold and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier Spy etc.
The Daily Telegraph has an interesting 9 minute video interview John le Carré, promoting his new book called A Most Wanted Man.
This video is now available on via Google video, on the official John le Carré website
This video shows the author at a few of the locations in modern day Hamburg, which are used in the novel. e.g. the lobby of the Hotel Atlantic Kempinski and the offices of the Fluchtpunkt, a Christian organisation which helps refugees and asylum seekers.
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (23 Sep 2008)
A Most Wanted Man
A half-starved young Russian man is smuggled into Hamburg at dead of night. He has an improbable amount of cash, is a devout Muslim and says his name is Issa.
Annabel is an idealistic German lawyer determined to save Issa from deportation. In pursuit of Issa's mysterious past she confronts Tommy Brue, the scion of a failing British bank based in Hamburg.
Meanwhile, scenting a sure kill in the War on Terror the rival spies of three nations converge upon the innocents.
A Most Wanted Man is published 23 Sep by Hodder & Stoughton.
It will be interesting to compare and contrast John le Carré's A Most Wanted Man with William Gibson's Spook Country. - luxury hotels, international conspiracies and intelligence agency snooping, descriptions of Port cities, female heroine, rich millionaires etc. etc.
John le Carré's novels, and all the film and television adaptations of them so far, are much better and more accurate (though obviously still fiction), than the BBC TV Spooks and especially [spooks] code 9