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After 25 years, Smiley is back...
Peter Guillam, staunch colleague and disciple of George Smiley of the British Secret Service, otherwise known as the Circus, is living out his old age on the family farmstead on the south coast of Brittany when a letter from his old Service summons him to London. The reason? His Cold War past has come back to claim him.
Intelligence operations that were once the toast of secret London, and involved such characters as Alec Leamas, Jim Prideaux, George Smiley and Peter Guillam himself, are to be scrutinised under disturbing criteria by a generation with no memory of the Cold War and no patience with its justifications.
Interweaving past with present so that each may tell its own intense story, John le Carré has spun a single plot as ingenious and thrilling as the two predecessors on which it looks back: The Spy Who Came in from the Cold and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.
Of le Carre’s fiction, The Guardian commented ‘…he invokes deep, almost religious ideas of betrayal, trust, faith, and that’s why we love it’.
One of the greatest spy novelists of all time, John le Carré was born in 1931. His third novel, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, secured him a worldwide reputation, which was consolidated by the acclaim for his trilogy Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Honourable Schoolboy and Smiley's People all featuring his most famous character, George Smiley, the quintessential Cold War operative. An antidote to Fleming’s racier James Bond, Smiley is cool, thoughtful, somewhat academic and (superficially) “breathtakingly normal” with a somewhat ambivalent attitude to the Service and its efficacy. His other novels, thrillers which range widely covering variously political issues of the arms trade, modern conflict and drug-trafficking, include: A Most Wanted Man, Our Kind of Traitor, A Delicate Truth and the recently adapted The Night Manager. His only work of non-fiction, The Pigeon Tunnel, was a Number One bestseller in 2016.
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Dimensions: 234 x 153 mm
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“A Legacy of Spies”
I thought that the first ninety percent was vintage Le Carré, most enjoyable. I did not think the ending worked, rather disappointing.
“One for the enthusiasts”
An interesting addition, along with The Secret Pilgrim. to Smiley's back story, and an insight into the future. Old spies never die, eh? Pity about the chronology. Loved, as ever, the intricacy.
“The cold reaches out to all those involved ”
In this novel Le Carre ties up a lot of loose ends from his masterpiece “The spy who came in from the cold” and as such although it can be read as a stand alone novel I would recommend having read the previous work.... More
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