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 fleshly, 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 ...
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 fleshly, 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.
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Publishers Weekly, 2001-05-07 The many and various talents of le Carr? give this new audio version of his 1996 novel more than enough reasons for approval. Most obvious is the fact that he is a wonderful reader a natural, honest storyteller and artful actor who can command our attention and hold it long after others might lose their grip. In just a few minutes, he brings to life a large gallery of diverse characters: an upper-class narrator; a British tailor, Harry Pendel, who can't quite hide his East End Jewish, ex-convict roots; his American wife, Louisa, who pulses with do-gooder zeal; a Panamanian soldier whose English is limited to one phrase; a Panamanian banker who oozes hypocrisy; the Cockney ghost of Harry's crooked old uncle; and a rather nasty working-class British spy who threatens to upset Harry's delicately balanced life. Le Carr?'s superb reading skills also enable listeners to stop and sniff the prose to realize just how good a writer he really is. Based on the Knopf hardcover. (Feb.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Publishers Weekly, 1997-07-28 A former tailor is blackmailed into supplying information to British intelligence about the Panama Canal. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 1996-09-03 Le Carr? himself acknowledges the debt to Graham Greene's Our Man in Havana as the inspiration for this tale of a man who is taken far more seriously as a spy by those around him than he takes himselfæand who makes things up as necessary. The world has become a much darker place since Greene's comparatively light-hearted entertainment, however, and, though there is much brilliant comedy in le Carr?'s latest, there is also a despairing sense of how the very rich, powerful and cynical are toying with history. The tailor of the title is Harry Pendel, a former convict (he torched his Uncle Benny's tailor's establishment in the East End for the insurance) who sets up in Panama with an imaginary (deceased) partner in his past, a spurious coat of arms and a suggestion of Saville Row. He is a fine tailor, and since he measures most of the significant men in Panama (including the president and the local American commander), rogue spymaster Andy Osnard thinks he would be an ideal source of gossip and background. Harry, in debt to his ears, is only too happy to put his imagination to work, and in no time is supplying Andy with superb information for his London mastersænot your traditional MI5 but a particularly unsavory collection of right-wing press lords and arms manufacturers anxious to stir things up in Panama as the date for the end of the Canal Treaty with the U.S. approaches. It's little short of brilliant the way le Carr? has caught the febrile corruption of the little country, an uneasy blend of tropical backwater and late 20th-century money culture. All the charactersæHarry and his long-suffering "Zonian" wife; ruthless, greedy Andy and his slimy bosses; and the comic-opera British Embassy staffæare rendered with breathtaking accuracy; and the careening plot, by turns uproarious, cynical and ultimately tragic, is brought off with seemingly effortless virtuosity. Le Carr? remains far in front in his field, a startlingly up-to-date storyteller who writes as well about the shadows around the power elite as anyone alive. 300,000 first printing; BOMC and QPB main selections; audio and large-print editions. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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