The Spy Who Came in from the Cold: A George Smiley Novel (Paperback)

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Description


John le Carré’s third novel—A #1 New York Times bestseller for 34 weeks—and the book that launched his 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.

About the Author


New York Times bestselling author John le Carre ("A Delicate Truth "and "Spy Who Came in from the Cold")" "was born in 1931 and attended the universities of Bern and Oxford. He taught at Eton and served briefly in British Intelligence during the Cold War. For the last fifty years he has lived by his pen. He divides his time between London and Cornwall.

Praise For…


"What his most satisfying about John le Carré’s first great success—first of many, as it turned out—is how well it holds up on this, its 50th anniversary."—Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post

“The best spy story I have ever read.”—Graham Greene

“First-rate and tremendously exciting.”—Daphne du Maurier

“Le Carré is one of the best novelists—of any kind—we have.”—Vanity Fair

“Written…with a pitiless, elegant clarity. The Spy who Came in from the Cold is a first-rate thriller and more.”—Time

 

Product Details
ISBN: 9780143121428
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: January 18th, 2012
Pages: 240