The Night Manager by John Le Carre is one that has just been made into a miniseries starring Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie and one which I loved. With this in mind, I read it and loved it.
It bases around Jonathan Pine, who, like the title suggests is a night manager at swanky hotels around the place. The main driver for him is Sophie, a woman who comes to the hotel he works at in Egypt regularly and shows up dead after she shows him documents implicating ‘the worst man in the world’ Richard Onslow Roper (played by Hugh Laurie extremely well) doing dodgy arms deals.
This is set after the Cold War so everything is still new is some respects and there is Burr, an intelligence agent working his (in the series her played by Olivia Coleman very well) hardest to bring in Roper which is where Pine comes in. He sends Pine off on a goose chase to find out what he can about his dealings in the arms trade that hides behind in his ‘work’ in the agriculture industry.
It had me at every turn this book, it really did, much like the program. Of course like with anything, if you watch the program and not read the book or the reverse, they do change certain things but the bones of this story are the same and it so good. Intrigue and revenge are the two things that come to mind with this book that had me up until midnight finishing it.
Until next time which will be Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare.