1993 "First Edition" stated on copyright page; Alfred A. Knopf publishers, New York; hardbound; very good condition with unmarked pages; dust jacket very good.
The Night Manager is an espionage novel by John le Carré, published in 1993. It is his first post-Cold War novel, detailing an undercover operation to bring down a major international arms dealer.
Jonathan Pine, a former British soldier, is the night manager. We first meet him in that capacity at the Hotel Meister Palace in Zurich. He is on duty when the "worst man in the world", Richard Onslow Roper, arrives with his entourage on a cold, blizzardy night. Roper is a billionaire criminal who traffics illegal arms and drugs. The novel is about Pine's preoccupation with undoing Roper's criminal enterprise. This has begun earlier in Cairo, where Pine was working as the night manager at the luxurious Queen Nefertiti hotel, where he first encountered Roper.
One night, Pine meets Sophie, a French-Arab woman who is the mistress of the hotel owner, Freddie Hamid, who has ties to Roper. Sophie characterises Roper as "the worst man in the world". She provides Pine with incriminating documents, asking him to forward them to the Egyptian authorities. Pine does so, but he disregards her warning that Roper has ties to British intelligence and forwards copies to a friend with MI6. A short time later, Sophie is found murdered.
Several years later, while Pine is working in Switzerland, he is approached by ex-SIS Chief Leonard Burr and his senior civil servant backer Rex Goodhew, who have set up a small counter arms proliferation office and are planning an elaborate sting operation against Roper. Eager to avenge Sophie, Pine agrees to go undercover to infiltrate Roper's vast criminal empire. All the while however the operation is jeopardised by an inter-agency turf war within the intelligence community, with a suspicion of collusion with Roper somewhere...