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Publisher Description

Alec Leamas is tired. It's the 1960s, he's been out in the cold for years, spying in Berlin for his British masters, and 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.

In le Carré's breakthrough work of 1963, the spy story is reborn as a gritty and terrible tale of men who are caught up in politics beyond their imagining.

With a new introduction by William Boyd and an afterword by Le Carré himself.

GENRE
Crime & Thrillers
RELEASED
2011
February 24
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
272
Pages
PUBLISHER
Penguin Books Ltd
SIZE
28.5
MB

Customer Reviews

JPM2110 ,

Stunning

One of the best books I have ever read. It's dark portrayal of the SIS, stark compared to the Hollywood glitz of 007. A slightly disturbing and at times uncomfortable read until it reaches an inevitable conclusion. Truly brilliant.

Grandad Cartwright ,

Without doubt my favourite spy story.

Plot with twists and turns. Characters both sad and evil, mean and lonely, but all drawn to perfection. A Cold War classic that will be read and enjoyed forever

eoseer ,

Timeless.

One of, if not the, best modern novel ever written. This is my third reading in 20 years. It just gets better.

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