THE MIS­SION SONG John le Carre Hod­der & Stoughton, £6.99

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Bruno Sal­vador, a highly skilled in­ter­preter, has worked on clan­des­tine mis­sions be­fore in ser­vice of his coun­try, but for his next mis­sion he must change his iden­tity and adopt a new name. Un­der the alias Brian Sin­clair, he is to make his way to a re­mote is­land to in­ter­pret the de­mands of a group of Con­golese war­lords to name­less fi­nanciers, whoever they might be, at a top-se­cret con­fer­ence. The evening be­fore he leaves Lon­don, how­ever, he is dis­tracted af­ter an en­counter with a beau­ti­ful nurse called Han­nah. As a re­sult his at­ti­tude to­wards the mis­sion changes, per­haps for the worst.

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