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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THE PIGEON TUNNEL by John le Carré
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"A satisfying recollection of a literary life well-lived."
An esteemed novelist offers alternately wry and haunted ruminations on a life of literature and intrigue. Read full book review >

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THE MISSION SONG by John le Carré
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 19, 2006

"Another fine work of intrigue from a skilled interpreter of all things topical."
A half-British, half-Congolese interpreter unwittingly finds himself in the middle of a political struggle between two countries. Read full book review >

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OUR GAME by John le Carré
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 10, 1995

The great subject that's fascinated le Carre (The Night Manager, 1993, etc.) throughout his career — what happens to the masters of tradecraft in a world that doesn't match their trade — comes in for unsettlingly timely treatment in this latest tale of spies grown too old and knowing. Read full book review >

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THE NIGHT MANAGER by John le Carré
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 7, 1993

"Despite the familiarity of the story's outlines, le Carre shows his customary mastery in the details—from Jonathan's self-lacerating momentum to the intricacies of interagency turf wars—and reveals once again why nobody writes espionage fiction with his kind of authority."
Le Carre returns to the same subject as his disappointingly episodic The Secret Pilgrim—the fate of espionage in the new world order—but now looks forward instead of backward, showing a not-quite innocent mangled between that new order and the old one, whose course le Carre has so peerlessly chronicled for 30 years. Read full book review >

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THE SECRET PILGRIM by John le Carré
Released: Jan. 14, 1990

"Le Carre's earlier novels have made distinguished films and TV miniseries; this one, sure to attract the author's usual huge print audience, reads like a series of sketches for a weekly program—say, Spies Who Came in from the Cold."
Chippings from a master's chisel: ten short stories and an epilogue artfully disguised as a novel of post-glasnost reminiscences of espionage, all showing le Carre at his most nervously relaxed. Read full book review >

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TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY by John le Carré
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 1974

"We have no other thinking man's world of intelligence."
But "What's the access?" 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 >