A Legacy of Spies

by John le Carre

Crime / Mystery Thriller and Suspense

A Legacy of Spies Synopsis

Peter Guillam, staunch colleague and disciple of George Smiley of the British Secret Service, otherwise known as the Circus, has retired to his 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 are to be scrutinised by a generation with no memory of the Cold War. Somebody must be made to pay for innocent blood once spilt in the name of the greater good. Interweaving past with present so that each may tell its own story, John le Carre has given us a novel of superb and enduring quality.

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A Legacy of Spies Press Reviews

'Not since The Spy Who Came in From The Cold has le Carre exercised his gift as a storyteller so powerfully and to such thrilling effect' - John Banville, Guardian

'Gripping, fast-paced . . . A splendid novel' - Andrew Marr, Sunday Times

'This novel offers more than one pleasure. It is not merely good in itself - vintage John le Carre. It gives the reader, at long last, pieces of a jigsaw puzzle that have been missing for 54 years.... A Legacy of Spies does something remarkable. Le Carre takes a le Carre classic and thickens it into something different from what it was....Like wine, le Carre's writing has got richer with age...Don't wait for the paperback' - The Times

'Le Carre's masterful new novel -- Jonathan Freedland' - The Guardian

'The English canon has rarely seen an acclaimed novelist and popular entertainer sustain such a hot streak in old age....A Legacy of Spies achieves many things. Outstandingly, it is a defiant assertion of creative vigour...Cornwell is signing off with a poignant and brilliant au revoir to le Carre, his alter ego, a writer who is with the immortals' - The Observer

'His writing is as crisp as ever ... another tale of intrigue which will slip effortlessly into its place in the Smiley canon' - Daily Express

 

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ISBN: 9780241981610
Publication date: 02/05/2018
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Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780241981610
Publication date: 2nd May 2018
Author: John le Carre
Publisher:
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 368 pages
Genres: Crime / Mystery, Thriller / Suspense,
Categories: Espionage & spy thriller,

About John le Carre

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. His works include The Spy Who Came in from the Cold; Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy; Smiley's People; The Little Drummer Girl; A Perfect Spy; The Russia House; and Absolute Friends. Author photo © White Hare Ltd

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