Sunday, 10 January 2016

The Human Factor by Graham Greene

"An old-young man with hair which dangled over his shoulders and the heaven-preoccupied gaze of some eighteenth-century abbé was sweeping out a discotheque at the corner of  Little Compton Street as Castle went by."

I love a spy novel and a Graham Green novel, so naturally this one is right up my alley. What makes this so different from 007 style antics is the everyday nature of the story.
An intimate, human story of a man with a family and secrets.

Maurice Castle wants to retire and grow old with his South African wife and their son, Sam. His work with the Secret Service, international relations and blasts from the past seem to work against his plans.

A tight thriller that retains the immediacy of its characters' lives and thus ensures its timelessness.

5 out of 5 times the human factor is the reason things come unstuck.

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