John le Carré has made Africa the new subject of his books. The Continuous Gardener was set there, and this book also explores some of the darker sides of Africa. The interpreter Bruno Salvador (aka Salvo) is the main character here. Of mixed parentage, he is torn between his European home and Africa, the home of his Congolese mother. When his services are required for a secret conference on the future of Congo, he finds out that a mysterious "Syndicate" has sinister plans with Congo. He obtains documents that prove this and is on the run from then on. He hooks up with Hannah, a black nurse, who helps him until they reach the inevitable showdown...You will not find the usual intricately crafted plot that you may expect from le Carré, nor are his characters as moving or convincing as in other novels. This is a high-minded thriller, but rather simplistic in nature. Le Carré was apparently more concerned with the message than with the plotting of the story. Thus, this is only an average le Carré, but well read by David Oyelowo, whose bored drawl reflects well Salvo's attitude.