A Legacy of Spies (Hardcover)

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LeCarre's latest novel, and the first to feature George Smiley in 20 years, is also one of his best in recent memory. In A Legacy of Spies the secrets of the Cold War come face to face with the modern intelligence state. LeCarre's narrator, Peter Guillam, is an ex-Circus agent now retired in France. Called back to England and forced to recall the disastrous Operation Windfall, Guillam must reckon with mistakes of the past and their deadly reverberations into the present. An absolute joy to read. - Sam

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The undisputed master returns with a riveting new book--his first Smiley novel in more than twenty-five years

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 Carre 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 Carre and his narrator Peter Guillam present the reader with a legacy of unforgettable characters old and new.

About the Author

John le Carre 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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Product Details
ISBN: 9780735225114
ISBN-10: 0735225117
Publisher: Viking
Publication Date: September 5th, 2017
Pages: 272
Language: English