“You know the old saying: Two people can keep a secret provided one of [them’s] dead.”
I guess you could call this excerpt from The Night Manager a theme of this thriller by John Le Carre. I feel a little odd reviewing a novel by an author who has been writing thrillers as long as he has. I guess my angst comes from the fact that I felt this novel was lacking. It was enjoyable, but it could have been so much more.
Le Carre spend a good third of the book developing the characters which I found scattered and confusing though I plowed through. Who am I to criticize? The author succeeded in grabbing me eventually and I was drawn into the main character, Pine, and his mission. The book hit most of the items for a good thriller; drugs, weapons, spys, secret armies, South America, wealthy people, etc. As the action started to peak as did my interest, things seemed to fall apart and slow down. Where I expected action I got long passages describing political back-stabbing.
I don’t feel that I need graphic descriptions of actions, but I seemed to have completely missed the peak of this book and was disappointed to read what I would call an extended prologue.
This is one to skip.