Bartholomew ‘Barley’ Scott Blair is a heavy drinking, jazz-playing derelict publisher who believes in a courageous new world order and an end to the tensions of The Cold War.
The plot kicks off when beautiful Soviet Katya is entrusted to deliver a manuscript with a cover letter addressed to Barley. The document contains a rundown of Soviet nuclear capabilities, which are essential to Western defence. But the drunken Barley cannot be located by his agent, who reads the supplied manuscript long before it has a chance to reach the musician. Still, after British Intelligence get their hands on it, Barley has no choice but to reluctantly accept his involvement in an increasingly highly charged world of manipulation and undercover politics.
‘The Russia House’ is another commendable spy novel, written amidst the career of the bestselling author, John le Carre. This great master of the thriller and espionage genres has enjoyed a lucrative run of literary success that has spanned over half a century.
Michael Jayston’s captivating reading of this 1989 novel is available as a CD audiobook, as well as to download as an MP3 audiobook. Packed with thirteen hours of high quality audio entertainment, ‘The Russia House’ will delight all those who enjoy escaping with a vivid, fast-paced thriller.