Sure, “Our Kind of Traitor” takes place more or less in the present. But there is a filter of nostalgia that gives the narrative a jaunty midcentury feel. Gail and Perry, a “strikingly attractive” and upwardly mobile English couple, find themselves caught up in espionage intrigue while practicing their backhands in Antigua.
It all starts with the above-mentioned tennis holiday.
And if he had to kill someone he did it like a gentleman, which is to say with a poisoned dart at the end of an umbrella. (His literary agent must have wept when the Berlin Wall went down.) In his new book, “Our Kind of Traitor,” le Carré may not bring back the old-school secret agent, but he’ll certainly warm the hearts of those of us who long for the era before Jack Bauer, when spies quoted P. Characters send text messages, and find that they cannot visit the gardens of the Champs-Élysées because “Michelle Obama and her children are in town.” The evil-doers are bankers, gangsters and money launderers, not the K. Gail is a “sparky young barrister on the rise.” Perry is a former tutor in English literature at Oxford and an accomplished athlete. But Dima is so impressed by Perry’s sense of fair play that he forgives him.Nonetheless, at the time of his death in that year, the Mac Kernan who was called "Brien bane" [Blond Brien] was still in possession by demise from James Craig who had been granted it by James Auchmuty.By 1641, however, the family had even lost this possession, for, in that year, John mac Kernan was one of the gentlemen who led the rebels in a siege of Croaghan then occupied by Sir James Hamilton.The Mac Ternans, a Sept of the O'Rourkes, descended from Tighearnan O'Rourke ruled Teallach Donnchadha signifying the tribe or territory of Donogh, anglicized [Tullaghonoho] Tullyhunco in the present Co Cavan. The great Clan Mc Govern renowned for religion and learning ruled long and well in their mountain kingdom of Tealach Eachach now Tullyhaw, Co Cavan.The Mac Darcy clan ruled Kincluachain which comprised the present parish of Oughteragh at the foot of Slieve an Iarainn, and the Mc Clancy ruled Dartry, the present Barony of Rosclogher.