Entertainment Prose is crisp, compelling in 'Agent Running in the Field'
5 new books: Demi Moore, Chanel Miller (aka Emily Doe) release memoirs
Actress Demi Moore and sexual assault survivor Chanel Miller (aka Emily Doe) release revealing memoirs, while Ta-Nehisi Coates makes a fiction debut.1. “Inside Out,” by Demi Moore (Harper, nonfiction, on sale Sept.
"Agent Running in the Field: a Novel," Viking, by John le Carre
With his 25th novel, "Agent Running in the Field," John le Carre drops the reader into the current moment of Brexit and Donald Trump and pressing issues of national identity and foreign influence.
Famous for his George Smiley espionage novels, including "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" with the Soviet Union playing the role of master Cold War foe, le Carre's latest book features Russia as a threat to Western democracy. Sound familiar?
Ben Lerner tackles toxic masculinity in the provocative Topeka School
The Topeka School review: Ben Lerner tackles the Trump eraThe Topeka School interrogates toxic masculinity and the erosion of political discourse with a level of brilliance fans of Lerner should be familiar with; in this novel, he tackles these themes from a range of distinctive angles. Lerner’s careful frame keeps the story largely stuck in its ’90s setting, but the telling is intently, clearly contemporary. Thus the author searingly and precisely links the dawning of the Clinton years to the terrors of the Trump era.
Spy recruiter and agent runner Nat has returned to London and wife Prue, expecting to be put out to pasture after decades of patriotic service for British intelligence, with stints in Moscow, Budapest and Helsinki, among others. Instead of retirement, Nat is asked to run a local Russia-focused London substation named The Haven, staffed by a motley crew of low-level defectors and European recruits.
Within the confines of The Haven, Nat finds Florence who is herself running an agent and appears to be sitting on a gold mine of intelligence: back-channel funding and Ukrainian oligarchs, possibly leading to Moscow Centre, the heart of Russia's spy network. What Nat doesn't know at the time is that separate from his new assignment he has already met a key player in the drama about to unfold while playing badminton at his sports club. Ed, who at first glance is curious and shy, challenges Nat to a game of badminton and the two form a man's sports acquaintance over post-match drinks.
Three lives collide as Nat tries to run an operation amid office intrigue, uncertain allegiances and the larger politics of 2018 Britain. Le Carre's Ed spews anti-Trump and anti-Brexit rhetoric, however, the author remains an idealist in the face of this new Cold War. He believes in the power of doing the right thing.
Le Carre's Nat relies on his 25 years of experience as an agent runner to navigate the competing forces of money and power, patriotism and love. And with a style honed over 25 novels and more than 50 years, the author's prose is crisp and compelling and the story is relevant to today's turbulent times.
Oil goes over $ 50
This is an unprecedented result since November 4th. The barrel of Brent is passed Thursday, May 26 above the symbolic threshold of 50 dollars, boosted by the announcement of a sharp decline in US reserves. Around 04:20 French time, the barrel of Brent, European reference crude, for delivery in July, rose 27 cents to 50.01 dollars in electronic exchanges in Asia. The price of a barrel of light sweet crude (WTI) for July delivery was 21 cents to 49.77 dollars.
The prices of the crude had rebounded after sinking in February 13-year lows, under 30 dollars a barrel, leaded by a largely surplus supply, that could no longer digest savings - especially Chinese - in a downturn. However, we are still far from the courts of June 2014, when the barrel of black gold was trading 100 dollars.
A sustainable rebound?
The observers also diverge on the interpretation to be given of the improvement seen by the prices in recent weeks, between those who attribute it to a real hope of rebalancing the world market and those who see it as nothing else. temporary effect of production problems in Canada and Nigeria, struck by sabotage. "The remarkable rebound of more than 80% observed since February is perhaps exaggerated, because the macroeconomic fundamentals have not changed so much," wrote in a note to his clients IG Markets analyst Bernard Aw.
"This suggests that prices are driven by speculation in a rebound that may not be sustainable," he adds
Wednesday, the courses had ended at the height of the year after the announcement a sharp decline in US reserves, which has reinforced the good market position in the hope of a resorption of global glut. The WTI price for July had gained 94 cents to 49.56 dollars on the New York Mercantile Exchange (Nymex). In London, Brent North Sea, also for delivery in July saw its price advance from $ 1.13 to $ 49.74 on the Intercontinental Exchange (ICE). It had been two weeks since prices were close to the threshold of 50 dollars, the appreciation of the dollar limiting progress.
Trump urges Iran to release ex-FBI agent Levinson .
President Trump took to Twitter late Sunday to urge Iran to release the retired FBI agent who had been missing in the country since 2007 and said it would be a very positive step toward easing tensions between the two countries since provocations on the Strait of Hormuz. © Provided by Fox News Network LLC© FoxNews.com Former FBI agent vanished 10 years ago in Iran Robert Levinson’s disappearance has been the source of intrigue. He vanished during an unauthorized CIA mission. Iran acknowledged on Sunday that there is an open Revolutionary Court case involving Levinson.“If Iran is able to turn over to the U.S.
Writers Speak | Richard Price in conversation with Claire Messud
Richard Price is the acclaimed author of numerous novels and screenplays. His books include Clockers (1992), Lush Life (2008), and, under the pseudonym ...