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»Call Mr. Pavone a reliable new must-read in the world of thrillers, but don’t call him an optimist. He sees book publishing going down the tubes even faster than the moral quandaries of early-20th-century American fiction have.«

Janet Maslin

A page-turner with a dirty secret: Janet Maslin about the latest novel The Accident by Chris Pavone. Her review at The New York Times.

»Le Carré first disclosed that Bingham was the inspiration for Smiley in 1999. Bingham had also written crime novels, and when one was reissued, Le Carré wrote in the introduction: «He had been one of two men who had gone into the making of George Smiley. Nobody who knew John and the work he was doing could have missed the description of Smiley in my first novel.»«

Jasper Copping, Ben Farmer and Hayley Dixon

Novelist John le Carré hits out at accusations that his portrayal of the world of espionage had »hurt« his former mentor in the intelligence services, on whom he partly based his most celebrated character, George Smiley. Jasper Copping, Ben Farmer and Hayley Dixon report at The Telegraph.

»We live in an impermanent world. This story is the opposite of that. If one’s lucky enough to find in this life somebody who makes sense of the world for you, who is the perfect fit emotionally, spiritually, psychologically, that is something we respond to quite warmly.«

Alexander McCall Smith

No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency author Alexander McCall Smith talks about his characters and his spin on a Jane Austen classic. The interview by Carole Burns you will find at The Washington Post.