Meticulously constructed and reeking with the stench of world-weary cynicism and casual betrayal, le Carre's masterful thriller redefined the espionage novel for the Cold War era.
This is a war… It's graphic and unpleasant because it's fought on a tiny scale, at close range; fought with a wastage of innocent life sometimes, I admit. But it's nothing, nothing at all beside other wars – the last or the next."
Alex Leamas is tired. It's the 1960s, he's been out in the cold for years, spying in the shadow of the Berlin Wall for his British masters. He has seen too many good agents murdered for their troubles. Now Control wants to bring him in at last - but only after one final assignment.
He must travel deep into the heart of Communist Germany and betray his country, a job that he will do with his usual cynical professionalism. But when George Smiley tries to help a young woman Leamas has befriended, Leamas's mission may prove to be the worst thing he could ever have done.
The Spy Who Came in From the Cold is one of the most popular and influential spy novels in literary history, and its success upon publication in 1963 earned John Le Carré acclaim rivalled only by Ian Fleming.
'He can communicate emotion, from sweating fear to despairing love, with terse and compassionate conviction. Above all, he can tell a tale.' Sunday Times
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 224 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 17 mm
Superbly constructed, with an atmosphere of chilly hell - J.B. Priestley
The best spy story I have ever read - Graham Greene
The master storyteller ... has lost none of his cunning - A. N. Wilson
I have re-read The Spy Who Came In From The Cold over and over again since I first encountered it in my teens, just to remind myself how extraordinary a work of fiction can be. - Malcolm Gladwell
One of those very rare novels that changes the way you look at the world. Unflinching, highly sophisticated, superb. - William Boyd
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