John le Carré is a British author of bestselling espionage novels with the most popular being “The Spy Who Came in from the Cold.” In 2008 he wrote “A Most Wanted Man” and the film adaptation starring Phillip Seymour Hoffman was released at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. It is now playing in theaters nationwide.
“A Most Wanted Man” is about a young Chechen ex-prisoner who arrives illegally in Germany half-starved but with a claim to a fortune in a private bank. He claims his name is Issa and he is a devout Muslim. Annabel Richter is a German civil rights lawyer who takes his case in an attempt to keep him from being deported and she turns to Tommy Brue for help. Tommy is the owner of a British bank in the city and when he meets Issa he tells him that he’s the son of a Russian Colonel and that his father was the one who put the money in the bank. Soon after British and German intelligence get involved as Annabel and Tommy join forces to keep Issa safe.
This novel with its themes of international war on terror and money laundering is inspired by the real life story of Murat Kurnaz, a Turkish citizen and legal resident of Germany. When he was arrested in Pakistan in 2001 he claimed to have been tortured in American military detention camps. It is not only a spy novel with unforgettable characters but it’s also a political commentary on the war on terror and post 9/11 terrorism.
John le Carré is the pen name of David John Moore Cornwell who worked for the British intelligence services. After the success of his third novel he turned to writing full time. He published his first novel “Call For the Dead” in 1961 and has become one of the most important writers of espionage novels. Many of his novels have been adapted to film including “The Deadly Affair” and “The Constant Gardener.”