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'Absolute Friends,' Le Carre's Latest

John le Carre's Absolute Friends is the former British spy's new thriller, set in post-Cold War Europe. The novel follows a British agent who becomes a CIA informant; it also raises questions about the limits of loyalty among such firm allies as Britain and America. Alan Cheuse has a review.

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Alan Cheuse died on July 31, 2015. He had been in a car accident in California earlier in the month. He was 75. Listen to NPR Special Correspondent Susan Stamburg's retrospective on his life and career.