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The Tailor of Panama

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”
The Observer

The Tailor of Panama