A most wanted man
A half-starved young Russian man in a long black overcoat is smuggled into Hamburg at dead of night. He has an improbable amount of cash secreted in a purse round his neck. He is a devout Muslim. Or is he? He says his name is Issa. Poignant, compassionate, peopled with characters the reader never wants to let go, ‘A Most Wanted Man’ is alive with humour, yet prickles with tension until the last heart-stopping page. It is also a work of deep humanity, and uncommon relevance to our times.
‘One of the most sophisticated fictional responses to the war on terror yet published’ Guardian
An illegal Muslim immigrant arrives in Hamburg with a traumatic past and the key to a fortune held in a private bank. He says his name is Issa. To the idealistic young human rights lawyer Annabel, determined to save him from deportation, he is a worthy cause. To the intelligence services of Britain, Germany and America, however, he is a potential jihadist – and a pawn between them as they seek to make a kill in the war on terror.
A Most Wanted Man is a gripping and disquieting story of paranoia, disillusionment and betrayal in the moral no-man’s land of the post-9/11 world.
‘A first-class novel about the most pressing concerns of our time’ Daily Telegraph
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