A Legacy Of Spies by John Le Carré

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Peter Guillam, staunch colleague and disciple of George Smiley of the British Secret Service, otherwise known as the Circus, has retired to his family farmstead on the south coast of Brittany when a letter from his old Service summons him to London.  The reason?  His Cold War past has come back to claim him.  Intelligence operations that were once the toast of secret London are to be scrutinized by a generation with no memory of the Cold War.  Somebody must be made to pay for innocent blood once spilt in the name of the greater good.

Interweaving past with present so that each may tell its own story, John le Carré has given us a novel of superb and enduring quality.  

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The Spy Who Came In From The Cold by John Le Carré

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Alec 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.  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, it may prove the worst thing he could ever have done.

Le Carré’s breakthrough work of 1963 was an award-winning number one global bestseller and brought him international renown, redefining the spy story as a gritty and terrible tale of men who are caught up in politics beyond their imagining. 

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