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Our Kind of Traitor by John LeCarre

imageI would like to read Our Kind of Traitor by John Le Carre, which is also being released on film soon. It features a British university lecturer named Peregrine “Perry” Makepiece (Ewan McGregor) and his lawyer girlfriend Gail Perkins (Naoemie Harris) who meet a shady Russian business oligarch and money Launderer named Dmitri “Dima” Vladimirovich Krasnov (Stellan Skarsgård) and his family while on holiday in Antigua. Dima, who describes himself as “the world’s number one money launderer,” has an unusual proposal for Perry. Dima fears for his life because “The Prince”, the new leader of his criminal Mafia, had a friend of Dima’s murdered and now The Prince wants Dima to come to Bern to sign over control of the money-laundering operations to him. So Dima gives Perry incriminating evidence concerning The Prince to give to MI6.

Back in the UK, Perry consults a colleague in the British intelligence community and hands over Dima’s notes. Since these implicate a high-ranking decision maker in the UK, British intelligence decides to put government fixer Hector Meredith (Damien Lewis) in charge of a secret semi-official investigation. Hector recruits intelligence officer Luke Weaver to handle the investigation.Soon Perry and his girlfriend Gail are lured into a Russian oligarch’s plans to defect  and find themselves stuck between the Russian Mafia and the British Secret Service, neither of whom can be trusted

Perry and Gail travel to Paris and are present during a meeting between Dima and British intelligence in during the 2009 Roland Garros final.After Dima signs the papers handing over his assets to a representative of “The Prince”, he meets with Luke and is extracted, to a safe house in the Swiss Alps then British intelligence insists that Dima travel to the UK Dima reluctantly agrees and travels to the UK, however things don’t go to plan…

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