In November 2003 the British ambassador is killed just outside his home by a professional assassin. A very dense moment during the talks between the governments about the Falkland Islands. Adam White, Assistant Head of Security in the Foreign Office, quickly finds traces that lead to Angus Sterling, a businessman whose fortune is closely linked to and endangered by the talks. But there seems to be more behind it and the longer the crisis with the South American embassies takes, the more private connections and interests become obvious. When the second ambassador dies, everybody comes under fire.
A classic spy and diplomats novel in the well-known John Le Carré style. Diplomatic entanglements, individual interests and complicated plot with many twits keep you reading on. The characters are created in an authentic way that you can imagine they really exist, especially the behaviour and acting of the personnel of the diverse ministries and embassies seems to me quite logical and believable. Also the side plots about the ambassadors’ wives had some interesting insights to offer. It is easy to see that Alan Hunt knows what he is writing about and does not embellish life in a foreign country as an official representative.