John Le Carre

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (George Smiley #5, Karla #1)

Summary: 
"Control" is dead, and George has been forced out of the Circus by the younger generation. When a would-be defector surfaces with a shocking revelation that a Soviet mole, code named 'Gerald' has penetrated the highest level of British Intelligence, it is clear that his treachery has already blown some of its most vital operations and its best networks. George Smiley is assigned to identify and destroy him.. Relying only on his wits and a small, loyal group,Smiley recognizes the hand of Karla—his Moscow Centre nemesis—and sets a trap to catch the traitor. Le Carré's writing, in my view is brilliant, his language and ability to convey the inner workings of the spy industry as a profession is without peer. This is a world-class entertainment and an important, enduring novel, one of the few legitimate classics to arise from the espionage genre. Even on the second reading, the experience was just as enthralling.

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The Looking Glass War

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This is unlike any of LeCarre's books I have read before-- a plot devoid of unexpected twists and turns, daring chases, thrilling fight scenes. Instead it focuses on rivalry between two intelligence units and planned action in South Germany. It would have been an easy job for the Circus: a can of film couriered from Helsinki to London. In the past the Circus handled all things political, while the Department dealt with matters military, but the Department has been dead since the War, its resources siphoned away. Now, one of their agents is dead, and vital evidence verifying the presence of Soviet missiles near the West German border is gone. John Avery is the Department's younger member and its last hope. Avery must infiltrate the East and restore his masters' former glory. John le Carré depicts a hopeless, grey world; reality in which man is just a pawn in the other’s game and promises are easily broken: totally depressing, but thoroughly absorbing. Again, he brilliantly doesn't spell out the ending, but you just know in your mind it's the worst possible outcome. I was emotionally spent after I had finished this book....Just brilliant!!!!!!

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The Spy Who Came in from the Cold

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This is John le Carre's third novel and probably his most famous. Drawing on his vast experience in the British Intelligence service, he creates a world that is unknown to the vast majority of us. He transports the reader to the shadowy, underground world of Alex Leamas, who has been recalled to London, after the last agent under his control is killed. He wants to come in from the cold permanently, but his spymaster, Control, has other plans. He sends Leamas, back to the cold to bring down the head of East German Intelligence. Leamas goes back as a discredited and dishonored spy to lure his enemy to his death. John le Carre's writing is wonderful. His ability to weave a plot of such complexity with such ease is amazing. So many twists and turns, and so fast-paced, one is never sure who is the perpetrator and who is the victim and which side either is working for. Absolutely brilliant!!!

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A Legacy of Spies

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When I learned that John le Carré had written a new George Smiley novel, I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. He didn't disappoint..... He chooses to weave his story around Peter Guillam, the narrator, a trusted colleague and disciple of George Smiley of the British Secret Service, otherwise known as the Circus. He 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: his Cold War past has come back to haunt him. Intelligence operations that were lauded, and involved such characters as Alec Leamas, Jim Prideaux, George Smiley and Peter Guillam himself, are being scrutinized by a generation with no memory of the Cold War and no patience with its justifications. The past is woven brilliantly with present so that each may tell its own story. John le Carré has spun a plot as ingenious and thrilling as any he has written.

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