The Spy Who Came in from the Cold - John le Carré

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold

By John le Carré

  • Release Date: 2012-01-18
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
4 Score: 4 (From 261 Ratings)
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  • Description

    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. John le Carré’s new novel, A Legacy of Spies, will be available from Viking in Fall 2017.

    The 50th-anniversary edition of the bestselling novel that launched John le Carré’s career worldwide


    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.

    Reviews

    • The Spy Who Came In From The Cold

      5
      By HDulcimerchick
      I wasn't sure I would care for this book, as I dislike most war stories and espionage. But this one had me from "hello". Very well written, there was a time early on when I felt things were too slow, too detailed. But I still couldn't put it down. The suspense was expertly woven throughout the entire book, keeping me intrigued from start to the surprise finish. If you like spy vs spy, this one will meet your expectations.
    • Outstanding

      5
      By huskynation
      Loved it years ago. Along with Chandler. However, Donna Tartt's "The Secret History" is a must for lovers of mystery thrillers and sublime writing! I'm surprised it was not on the list. Highly recommend!!!
    • Perfect

      5
      By JoeWebbSucks
      Hands down the best spy novel ever.
    • What's all the fuss?

      2
      By @;:
      Ok, let me get this straight: the reader is to believe the English and the Americans are as bad as the East Germans? LeCarre can take a flying leap as far as I'm concerned. Sorry I contributed to his retirement fund.
    • Fantastic, well-written plot

      5
      By wemarx001
      Can't ask for much more from an espionage novel.

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