Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy: A George Smiley Novel (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Jun 7, 2011 - Fiction - 400 pages
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Featuring George Smiley, this New York Times bestseller is the first installment in John le Carré’s acclaimed Karla Trilogy. From the author of A Delicate Truth and The Spy Who Came in from the Cold.

The man he knew as "Control" is dead, and the young Turks who forced him out now run the Circus. But George Smiley isn't quite ready for retirement—especially when a pretty, would-be defector surfaces with a shocking accusation: a Soviet mole has penetrated the highest level of British Intelligence. Relying only on his wits and a small, loyal cadre, Smiley recognizes the hand of Karla—his Moscow Centre nemesis—and sets a trap to catch the traitor.

The Oscar-nominated feature film adaptation of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is directed by Tomas Alfredson (Let the Right One In) and features Gary Oldman as Smiley, Academy Award winner Colin Firth (The King's Speech), and Tom Hardy (Inception).

With an introduction by the author.

  

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User Review  - DinadansFriend - LibraryThing

The classic of mole hunting by the writer who is interested in the price to the workers of conducting the business of intelligence. Re-readable, which doesn't happen that often to me in this genre. Any intelligent reader..... Read full review

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User Review  - thatotter - LibraryThing

Super good, possibly deserving of five stars. Smiley is an awesome character, the story is gripping, and the writing is really good in a very unshowy way. Aces all around. Read full review

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New York Times bestselling author John le Carré (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.

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