Prose is crisp, compelling in 'Agent Running in the Field'

John le Carre's prose is crisp and compelling in his latest novel, "Agent Running in the Field."

"Agent Running in the Field: a Novel," Viking, by John le Carre

Within the confines of The Haven, Nat finds Florence who is herself running an agent and appears to be sitting on a gold mine of intelligence: back-channel funding and Ukrainian oligarchs, possibly leading to Moscow Centre, the heart of Russia's spy network. What Nat doesn't know at the time is that separate from his new assignment he has already met a key player in the drama about to unfold while playing badminton at his sports club. Ed, who at first glance is curious and shy, challenges Nat to a game of badminton and the two form a man's sports acquaintance over post-match drinks.

Three lives collide as Nat tries to run an operation amid office intrigue, uncertain allegiances and the larger politics of 2018 Britain. Le Carre's Ed spews anti-Trump and anti-Brexit rhetoric, however, the author remains an idealist in the face of this new Cold War. He believes in the power of doing the right thing.

Le Carre's Nat relies on his 25 years of experience as an agent runner to navigate the competing forces of money and power, patriotism and love. And with a style honed over 25 novels and more than 50 years, the author's prose is crisp and compelling and the story is relevant to today's turbulent times.