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The Spy Who Came In From The Cold : George Smiley: Book 3 - John le Carre

The Spy Who Came In From The Cold

George Smiley: Book 3

Paperback Published: 19th October 2010
ISBN: 9780141194523
Number Of Pages: 258

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From the New York Times bestselling author of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy; Our Kind of Traitor; and The Night Manager, now a television series starring Tom Hiddleston.

In the shadow of the newly erected Berlin Wall, Alec Leamas watches as his last agent is shot dead by East German sentries. For Leamas, the head of Berlin Station, the Cold War is over. As he faces the prospect of retirement or worse—a desk job—Control offers him a unique opportunity for revenge. Assuming the guise of an embittered and dissolute ex-agent, Leamas is set up to trap Mundt, the deputy director of the East German Intelligence Service—with himself as the bait. In the background is George Smiley, ready to make the game play out just as Control wants.

Setting a standard that has never been surpassed, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold is a devastating tale of duplicity and espionage. Alex 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.

About the Author

John le Carre was educated at the University of Berne (where he studied German literature for a year) and at Lincoln College, Oxford, where he graduated with a first-class honours degree in modern languages. From 1959 to 1964 he was a member of the British Foreign Service, serving first as Second Secretary in the British Embassy in Bonn and subsequently as Political Consul in Hamburg. He started writing novels in 1961, and since then has published twenty-one titles.

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Superbly constructed, with an atmosphere of chilly hell -- J.B. Priestley
The best spy story I have ever read -- Graham Greene
The master storyteller ... has lost none of his cunning -- A. N. Wilson
I have re-read The Spy Who Came In From The Cold over and over again since I first encountered it in my teens, just to remind myself how extraordinary a work of fiction can be. * Malcolm Gladwell *
One of those very rare novels that changes the way you look at the world. Unflinching, highly sophisticated, superb. * William Boyd *

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Had never read this one but just finished his latest book. That sent me looking for all my Le Carre - now many years old but didn't have The Spy who came in from the Cold. Always complex story lines that you'd never guess. Keeps you going to the end.

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Great book!

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Great read on politics and a very well written novel. Readers are able to resonate with the characters. Think it is one of the best books by the author :)

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ISBN: 9780141194523
ISBN-10: 0141194529
Series: Penguin Modern Classics
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 258
Published: 19th October 2010
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.5 x 12.8  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.23
Edition Number: 1

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John Le Carre

About the Author


John le Carré is the nom de plume of David John Moore Cornwell, who was born in 1931 in Poole, Dorset, and was educated at Sherborne School, at the University of Berne (where he studied German literature for a year) and at Lincoln College, Oxford, where he graduated with a first-class honours degree in modern languages.

He taught at Eton from 1956 to 1958 and was a member of the British Foreign Service from 1959 to 1964, serving first as Second Secretary in the British Embassy in Bonn and subsequently as Political Consul in Hamburg. He started writing novels in 1961, and since then has published twenty-one titles.

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