Search Results: "John Le Carré"


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A LEGACY OF SPIES by John le Carré
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Any reader who knows le Carré's earlier work, and quite a few who don't, will assume that any attempt to second-guess the mandarins of the Service will backfire. The miracle is that the author can revisit his best-known story and discover layer upon layer of fresh deception beneath it."
After having turned from his peerless chronicles of George Smiley and his fellow spies to the tale of his own life (The Pigeon Tunnel: Stories from My Life, 2016), le Carré returns to put yet another spin on the events of The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1963). Read full book review >

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ABSOLUTE FRIENDS by John le Carré
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 12, 2004

"Despite a piercing, compassionate portrait of a decent man struggling to keep up with a world in the throes of constant change, le Carré seems this time outpaced by his impossible subject: the layers upon layers of real-life duplicity in the world since 9/11."
The collapse of the new world order catches still another of le Carré's inoffensive spies out hopelessly past his depth. Read full book review >

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OUR KIND OF TRAITOR by John le Carré
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 12, 2010

Le Carré uses still another aspect of international relations in the new world order—the powerful, equivocal position of money launderers to the Russian mob—to put a new spin on a favorite theme: the betrayal that inevitably follows from sharply divided loyalties. Read full book review >

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A PERFECT SPY by John le Carré
Released: May 1, 1986

"Still, if less masterly than either the Karla trilogy or The Spy Who Came In From the Cold, this is a much plainer, finer accomplishment than The Little Drummer Girl—while the long memoir sections allow le Carré to write his richest, most unabashedly Dickensian prose yet: occasionally self-conscious or precious, often stirring, magical, gravely joyous."
The "perfect spy" in this bitter, stately le Carré novel—more character-study than thriller—is Magnus Pym, 50-ish, a senior spymaster for Britain, based in Vienna. . .but now, suddenly, disappeared, after returning to England for the funeral of his old father, Rick. Read full book review >

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THE LITTLE DRUMMER GIRL by John le Carré
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 1982

"So Smiley followers may be in for a slight let-down, but they—and others—will want to read every word nonetheless."
Underneath the grand, stately textures and rich, ironic nuances (which make this new, non-Smiley le Carre novel superior reading), there's a surprisingly conventional thriller-romance here—something of a step backward, perhaps, from the originality and moral/psychological delicacy of the Smiley-Karla trilogy. Read full book review >

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THE NAIVE AND SENTIMENTAL LOVER by John le Carré
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1971

"It leads you on even where it may never take you in."
Moving out of the suspense field while retaining some high-handed elements of surmise, almost closer to John Fowles in its dramatic largesse, this is the story of another self-styled magus and his interreaction with his opposite following an overreaching construct derived from Schiller about the naive and sentimental lovers of the title. Read full book review >

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MYSTERY THRILLER

"The ambivalence of the agents about their work and its anti-ethical aspects lifts this to the thinking man's level of reflective relaxation."
... has already been casting back the image of the staggering sales racked up by The Spy Who Came in from the Cold. Read full book review >

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A DELICATE TRUTH by John le Carré
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 7, 2013

"Resolutely keeping potential action sequences just offstage, le Carré (Our Kind of Traitor, 2010, etc.) focuses instead on the moral rot and creeping terror barely concealed by the affable old-boy blather that marks the pillars of the intelligence community."
The distinguished chronicler of Cold War espionage and its costs casts his cold eye on the fog of war and its legacy when the war sets terrorists against the mercenaries and independent contractors to whom international security has been farmed out. Read full book review >

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A MOST WANTED MAN by John le Carré
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"The story can't possibly end well, and it doesn't. But le Carré (The Mission Song, 2006, etc.), without lecturing, deftly puts human faces and human costs on the paranoid response to the threat of terrorism."
Government knaves and compromised idealists duel over the fate of an alleged terrorist in le Carré's latest examination of The Way We Spy Now. Read full book review >

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THE CONSTANT GARDENER by John le Carré
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 9, 2001

"Under all the sumptuous detail, sensitive psychology, and incisive condemnation of industrial cartels, this is still at its core the old, familiar story of a decent man driven to avenge the wife he never really knew."
In the absence of the Evil Empire, global capitalism takes it on the chin once more in this hypertrophied whodunit, the most intimate of le Carré's thrillers since the salad days of George Smiley. Read full book review >

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THE RUSSIA HOUSE by John le Carré
Released: June 9, 1989

"Still, Barley is a grand, Dickensian creation, the ugly Americans are a richly diverting crew, and this is witty, shapely tale-spinning from a modern master."
Does glasnost mean the Cold War is over? Read full book review >

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A SMALL TOWN IN GERMANY by John le Carré
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 21, 1968

In Bonn. . .even the flies are official." Read full book review >