A Legacy of Spies: A Novel

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Penguin, Sep 5, 2017 - Fiction - 272 pages
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

The undisputed master returns with his first Smiley novel in more than twenty-five years--a #1 New York Times bestseller and ideal holiday gift.


Peter Guillam, staunch colleague and disciple of George Smiley of the British Secret Service, otherwise known as the Circus, is living out his old age on the family farmstead on the south coast of Brittany when a letter from his old Service summons him to London. The reason? His Cold War past has come back to claim him. Intelligence operations that were once the toast of secret London, and involved such characters as Alec Leamas, Jim Prideaux, George Smiley and Peter Guillam himself, are to be scrutinized by a generation with no memory of the Cold War and no patience with its justifications.
 
Interweaving past with present so that each may tell its own intense story, John le Carré has spun a single plot as ingenious and thrilling as the two predecessors on which it looks back: The Spy Who Came in from the Cold and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. In a story resonating with tension, humor and moral ambivalence, le Carré and his narrator Peter Guillam present the reader with a legacy of unforgettable characters old and new.
 

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User Review  - Paul_S - LibraryThing

Weaves all the previous books in a fantastic manner, but it does mean you will have to have read them (not a bad thing that). The ending felt somehow disconnected and just too neat with all those perfect resolutions. Read full review

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User Review  - clue - LibraryThing

This is the last of the George Smiley series and it catches us up with some of those characters that appeared in the previous thrillers. Here we don't have an operation related to the Cold War, we ... Read full review

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John le Carré 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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