Harry Pendel is the charismatic proprietor of Pendel and Braithwaite Limitada of Panama, through whose doors everyone who is anyone in Central America passes; Andrew Osnard, mysterious and fleshy, is a spy.
His secret mission is two-pronged: to keep a watchful eye on the political manoeuvrings leading up to the American handover of the Panama Canal on 31st December 1999; and to secure for himself the immense private fortune that has until now churlishly eluded him.
“Le Carré shows what an extraordinarily witty writer he can be, with a true feeling for the farcical”
The Sunday Times
“A masterful portrayal of human weakness”
The Times Educational Supplement
“A romantic delirium for troubled times”