A Legacy of Spies by John le Carré
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Fans of Le Carré’s earlier fiction...will feast at the historical banquet that is “A Legacy of Spies,”...For new readers, the themes Le Carré explores — most notably the toll exacted on the individual’s soul by serving institutions that fail to live up to their professed values — will resonate...
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

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 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.
 

About John le Carré

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JOHN LE CARRÉ, the author of twenty-two novels, is the pseudonym for David Cornwell, who was a member of the British Foreign Service from 1959 to 1964. Many of his books have been made into films, including The Constant Gardener; The Russia House; The Little Drummer Girl; and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.
 
Published September 5, 2017 by Viking. 275 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Richard Marcus on Sep 05 2017

A Legacy Of Spies is the final proof, if any other was needed, that Le Carre was one of the few writers able to elevate the spy novel, a genre previously considered close to pulp fiction, and turn it into an art form.

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Reviewed by Malcolm Forbes on Sep 01 2017

“A Legacy of Spies” skillfully straddles past and present: It reads like a polished period piece within a modern framework.

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LA Times

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Reviewed by Paula L. Woods on Sep 05 2017

Fans of Le Carré’s earlier fiction...will feast at the historical banquet that is “A Legacy of Spies,”...For new readers, the themes Le Carré explores — most notably the toll exacted on the individual’s soul by serving institutions that fail to live up to their professed values — will resonate...

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Reviewed by Dwight Garner on Aug 28 2017

In an upside-down time, he appeals to comprehension rather than instinct. I might as well say it: to read this simmering novel is to come in from the cold.

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Reviewed by John Banville on Sep 07 2017

A Legacy of Spies brings it all back, as fresh and as rancid as ever, in a tale that shows the master in the full vigour of his old mastery.

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Reviewed by Michel Basilieres on Sep 08 2017

Ultimately, fans of Le Carre will enjoy this almost nostalgic offering, but if you’re new to his work, I suggest starting with the earlier novels.

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