Our Kind of Traitor

Our Kind of Traitor
Our Kind of Traitor  
First edition cover
Author(s) John le Carré
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Publisher Viking Press
Publication date September 16, 2010
Media type Print (Hardcover)
Pages 320pp
ISBN 0670919012

Our Kind of Traitor is a 2010 espionage novel by the British novelist John le Carré about a Russian money launderer seeking to defect to the UK after a close friend of his had been killed by the new leadership of his own criminal brotherhood.


Plot summary

On a tennis holiday in Antigua, British university lecturer Peregrine "Perry" Makepiece and his lawyer girlfriend Gail Perkins meet mysterious Russian business oligarch Dmitri "Dima" Vladimirovich Krasnov and his family. Dima who describes himself "the world's number one money launderer" deliberately sought contact with Perry hoping that he is a British spy or knows one, because he wants him to pass on information about his criminal activities to British intelligence in exchange for protection for himself and his family. Dima fears for his life, because "The Prince", the new leader of his criminal brotherhood, had a good friend of his and his wife murdered and wants him to come to Bern to sign over control of his money-laundering operations to him.

Back in the UK, Perry contacts a colleague with contacts in the British intelligence community and hands over Dima's notes. Since these implicate a high-ranking decision maker in the UK, British intelligence decides to put government fixer Hector Meredith in charge of a secret semi-official investigation. Hector recruits disgraced intelligence officer Luke Weaver to handle the investigation. Luke, eager to redeem himself, makes all the necessary arrangements. Dima insists that Perry and Gail be present during his first contact with British intelligence in Paris during the 2009 Roland Garros final, so the couple travel to Paris where they again meet with Dima and his family.

After Dima signing the papers handing over his assets to a representative of "The Prince", he meets with Luke and is extracted along with his family to a safehouse in the Swiss Alps where they wait until British intelligence insists that only Dima travel to the UK; his family will be allowed to join him later if his information proves correct. Reluctantly, Dima agrees and travels with Luke to catch the charter plane that is supposed to bring them to the UK, only to be killed as the plane explodes after take-off.


New York Times reviewer Michiko Kakutani described it as "part vintage John le Carre and part Alfred Hitchcock" calling it the author's most thrilling thriller in years.[1]


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