The Spy Who Came in from the Cold
A George Smiley Novel
John le Carré
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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.
Fantastic, well-written plot
Can't ask for much more from an espionage novel.
The spy that came in from the cold
Okay. Too confusing
Great place to start reading le Carré
This was my first John le Carré book, after seeing the movie Tinker Tailer Soldier Spy. I did some online snooping and others recommended that this book was the best place to start. The best way to approach his books is knowing that they are of the “slow burn” variety of reading: the book starts off slowly, and you need to really pay attention to seemingly small details of the story. Very nuanced and subtle meanings. But by the end of the book, it’s a roaring fire, beckoning you to keep flipping the pages. Really fantastic reading.