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The Constant Gardener by John le Carré

The Constant Gardener by John le Carré

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The Constant Gardener by John le Carré is a 492-page hardcover published in 2001 by Scribner.  The dust jacket has light bumping to the spine.  Inside, the book is clean and unmarked.

Book Summary

Frightening, heartbreaking, and exquisitely calibrated, John le Carré's new novel opens with the gruesome murder of the young and beautiful Tessa Quayle near northern Kenya's Lake Turkana, the birthplace of mankind.  Her putative African lover and traveling companion, a doctor with one of the aid agencies, has vanished from the scene of the crime.  Tessa's much older husband, Justin, a career diplomat at the British High Commission in Nairobi, sets out on a personal odyssey in pursuit of the killers and their motive.  What he might know and what he ultimately learns make him suspect among his own colleagues and a target for the profiteers who killed his wife.

A master chronicler of the deceptions and betrays of ordinary people caught in political conflict, le Carré portrays, in The Constant Gardner, the dark side of unbridled capitalism.  His eighteenth novel is also the profoundly moving story of a man whom tragedy elevates.  Justin Quayle, amateur gardener and ineffectual bureaucrat, seemingly oblivious to his wife's cause, discovers his own resources and the extraordinary courage of the woman he barely had time to love. 

ISBN:  0-7432-1505-2

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