From the New York Times bestselling author of The Spy Who Came in from the Cold; and The Night Manager, now a television series starring Tom Hiddleston. John le Carré’s new novel, A Legacy of Spies, is now available.
The man he knew as "Control" is dead, and the young Turks who forced him out now run the Circus. But George Smiley isn't quite ready for retirement—especially when a pretty, would-be defector surfaces with a shocking accusation: a Soviet mole has penetrated the highest level of British Intelligence. Relying only on his wits and a small, loyal cadre, Smiley recognizes the hand of Karla—his Moscow Centre nemesis—and sets a trap to catch the traitor.
The Oscar-nominated feature film adaptation of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is directed by Tomas Alfredson (Let the Right One In) and features Gary Oldman as Smiley, Academy Award winner Colin Firth (The King's Speech), and Tom Hardy (Inception).
With an introduction by the author.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
This Cold War classic is one of the great spy novels…and among the most authentic. John le Carré based this compelling cat-and-mouse game on his own experiences in the British intelligence service during the ’60s. After a humiliating demotion, le Carré’s unlikely hero, George Smiley, is given a chance at redemption—if he can uncover a Russian mole. Scrupulous and fair but lethally cunning, Smiley deliberately lacks the flashiness of James Bond, a character le Carré thought reflected badly on British intelligence. Treating even minor characters and villains with humanity and nuance, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy has a depth most espionage thrillers lack.
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In a word, a masterpiece
This work is to the Bond books what Titian is to a comic strip. Flat out the finest "spy novel" ever. Complex, rich, thorough, in plotting, prose and point. Simply superb.
Best thriller of the 20th Century
The movie and the TV series are good, but nothing original. It make one weep for all the intelligence wasted in the Cold War, all the promise buried in paranoia, all those betrayals of every ideal fought for since 1939 in Europe.
The plot is simple - uncover the Soviet agent in British Intelligence - but the story is complex.
It’s written by an ex-spy (real name David Cornwall) and it shows. There is a wealth of detail and a level of complexity that requires the reader’s full attention to follow along.