A Most Wanted Man, Paperback
3 out of 5 (1 rating)


A half-starved young Russian man in a long black overcoat is smuggled into Hamburg at dead of night.

He has an improbable amount of cash secreted in a purse round his neck.

He is a devout Muslim. Or is he? He says his name is Issa. Annabel, an idealistic young German civil rights lawyer, determines to save Issa from deportation.

Soon her client's survival becomes more important to her than her own career.

In pursuit of Issa's mysterious past, she confronts the incongruous Tommy Brue, the sixty-year-old scion of Brue Freres, a failing British bank based in Hamburg.

A triangle of impossible loves is born. Meanwhile, scenting a sure kill in the so-called War on Terror, the spies of three nations converge upon the innocents.

Poignant, compassionate, peopled with characters the reader never wants to let go, A MOST WANTED MAN is alive with humour, yet prickles with tension until the last heart-stopping page.

It is also a work of deep humanity, and uncommon relevance to our times.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384 pages, n/a
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Espionage & spy thriller
  • ISBN: 9781444769302



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A good thriller, with a surprisingly accessible beginning that combines just the right amount of menace, malice, suspicion & suspense to get you hooked. Interesting but ultimately shallowly drawn characters then spend the middle third of the book getting bogged down in intelligence protocol & process. This isn't excitement, but with the proper pacing could have been very gripping. Instead it was interesting but not involving. Worth a read, but not a reread, & certainly not a book I'll be keeping.

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