A Legacy of Spies

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Publisher Description

Chosen as a Book of the Year in The Times Literary Supplement, the Evening Standard, the Daily Telegraph, the Guardian, The Times

'A brilliant novel of deception, love and trust to join his supreme cannon' Evening Standard

'Vintage le Carré. Immensely clever, breathtaking. Really, not since The Spy Who Came in from the Cold has le Carré exercised his gift as a storyteller so powerfully and to such thrilling effect' John Banville, Guardian


Peter Guillam, former disciple of George Smiley in the British Secret Service, has long retired to Brittany when a letter arrives, summoning him to London. The reason? Cold War ghosts have come back to haunt him. Intelligence operations that were once the toast of the Service are to be dissected by a generation with no memory of the Berlin Wall. Somebody must pay for innocent blood spilt in the name of the greater good . . .

'Utterly engrossing and perfectly pitched. There is only one le Carré. Eloquent, subtle, sublimely paced' Daily Mail

'Splendid, fast-paced, riveting' Andrew Marr, Sunday Times

'Remarkable. It gives the reader, at long last, pieces of a jigsaw puzzle that have been missing for 54 years. Like wine, le Carré's writing has got richer with age' The Times

'Perhaps the most significant novelist of the second half of the 20th century in Britain. He's in the first rank' Ian McEwan

'One of those writers who will be read a century from now' Robert Harris

GENRE
Crime & Thrillers
RELEASED
2017
7 September
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
368
Pages
PUBLISHER
Penguin Books Ltd
SIZE
2.5
MB

Customer Reviews

G Dunne ,

An excellent sequel

I was never happy with the sad story of Alec Leamas in ‘the Spy who came in from the cold’ and this book explains the background wonderfully.

weegav43 ,

Nice to hear from Peter Guillam

Great follow up to The Spy who came in from the Cold!

It gets hard ,

First time with LeCarre

Some how this book just misses the mark. A vernacular that most public school authors have at his age, slightly not in touch (spooks in the office wearing pumps and track suits). Every character middle class, and sounding like they're from the fifties. You almost forget you're going backwards and forwards in time, and just stuck in the fifties.
If you like Graham Greene, Fredrick Forsyth and Ian Fleming, then this might be for you. But there are more younger dynamic writers out there.

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