John le Carre's 20th novel,The Mission Song, is an original exploration of the themes of the corrosions of secrecy and betrayal and the hypocrisies of power. This first-person narrative of a half-Irish, half-Congolese interpreter, Bruno Salvador. His main character discusses the nuances of language, interpretation and eavesdropping while exposing an African coup.
The Mission Song bears some resemblance to the so-called Wonga Coup in Equatorial Guinea.
The Mission Song is as angry about the exploitation of Africa as The Constant Gardener, a novel tackling multinational greed.
The plot has a remorseless energy and a haunting resolution.