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George Smiley turns in his grave
am 21. September 2010
Two or three summers ago a prominent Brittish politician called Peter Mandelson was seen on the yacht of the Russian aluminium tycoon Oleg Deripaska.
JLC's 22nd novel is a brilliantly-plotted, -researched and -written novel about love, honour and betrayal. It has an international cast of enchanting, naive, scheming, greedy, and totally ruthless characters.
OKT is primarily an assault on Britain's ruling strata. And only secondly about the Kremlin's campaign to control Russian organized crime much as they subdued the oligarchs a decade earlier: Share with us, or else! The oligarchs complied, fled abroad or were jailed. Dealing with Russia's crime syndicates is harder. They are age-old brotherhoods of "honourable criminals" ("vory") living by strict codes whereby talking to, let alone dealing with the State is a sin punishable by death. But this Russian version of "omertá" is breached somewhere, somehow and Russia's seven richest and best-organized crime syndicates are anxious to make a deal with the Kremlin. But there is one major obstacle.
His name is Dima, which is short for Dimitri, an honourable criminal since the age of 14, who survived 15 years in Kolyma, and has since worked his way up to become the world's best money launderer on behalf of himself and the Seven Brotherhoods. Now he is doomed because he knows too much and is not willing to sell out, deal with the State. He is a blunt, forceful, emotional and desperate Russian with only days or weeks to live once he has signed over his private business empire to the Seven Brotherhoods.
On the island of Antigua he makes a last-ditch effort to save at least his family by challenging young Oxford lecturer Peregrine ("Perry") Makepiece to a game of tennis. Perry and his lawyer girlfriend Gail fall prey to the charms of Dima and his mournful extended family. Perry pens down what Dima tells him about his life and works, because he wants a deal with the British government to save his family in exchange for a full account of his awesome whitewashing career, hoping Perry is a British spy or knows one. Perry's 28-page account, when he and Gail return home, does reach British intelligence. Which reacts promptly, but not purposefully. In near-total secrecy, a small team of believers in Dima debriefs Perry and Gail, initiates them in spy craft and plans an operation to bring Dima and his family to the UK from Switzerland, after the final signing session, before it is too late...
I hope this rich book is not JLC's parting shot at writing, because OKT is in my humble opinion his best. The context and descriptions are like watching a film, the characters and dialogues are great and the moral implications of this tale go beyond anything JLC has written before.
It is a square assault on corruption and rent-seeking behaviour by key members of Britain's establishment in government, parliament, the press, and esp. the sacred square mile of the City, where blood money of many types is banked, invested, transferred at lightning speed to fresher pastures and back again, for no purpose or wider benefit to wider humanity. The Square Mile welcomes the establishment of the banking arm of the Arena Conglomerate of the Seven Brotherhoods warmly, with its promise of bringing hundreds of billions to London and of plentiful investments in moribund industries in a near-bankrupt country.
Very rich and deep book. True masterpiece.