Yes, abecedarian, I agree. Much better to find Z from the comfort of the armchair than through the jungle. I love characters driven crazy by obsession [reaching for Moby-Dick on bedside table]. I agree with pontalba. Ex Libris sounds great. A few months ago, I read A Delicate Truth, le Carré's latest, which involves a botched counterterrorism operation on Gibraltar. It doesn't have the subtlety of some of his earliest books, but even a less-than-best le Carré is well worth reading. Libby, have you read it?