A Legacy of Spies by John le Carré

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Read A Legacy of Spies Online Free - 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.

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ISBN : 0735225117
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 265 pages


Jeffrey rated it ★★★★☆

November 27, 2017

”’We were wondering, you see,’ he said in a faraway voice, ‘whether you’d ever considered signing up with us on a more regular basis? People who have worked on the outside for us don’t always fit well on the inside. But in your case, we think you might. We don’t pay a lot, and careers tend to be...

Adam rated it ★★★☆☆

September 20, 2017

A reunion book, and quite a pleasurable one. Le Carré gets Smiley’s gang together one last time, knowing the reader will thrill at seeing them mashed against the modern world. It is particularly lovely to spend so much time in the head of the first-person lead Peter Guillam, who is as charming an...

Lori rated it ★★★★☆

February 03, 2018

I love his care with words. All those beautifully crafted understatements and sharp observations. I didn't expect to see Smiley and company again. I'm glad that I did.

Darwin8u rated it ★★★★☆

September 12, 2017

"We don't pay a lot, and careers tend to be interrupted. But we do feel it is an important job, as long as one cares about the end, and not too much about the means." - John le Carré, A Legacy of Spies Le Carré's fiction career can be roughly be divided into two broad, angry worlds (if we ignore h...

Nigeyb rated it ★★★★★

October 11, 2017

An immensely satisfying conclusion to the George Smiley series. The clever plot manages to reference many of the classic Smiley books and plotlines, and also to drag them into the 21st century. This means we learn more about earlier stories and also what happened to some of the characters, not le...

Sara rated it ★★★★★

September 07, 2017

I discovered the best spy thriller writer of all time (and yes, I include Ian Fleming in that group) in the mid 1960s when I stumbled across a copy of The Spy Who Came in From the Cold. I have since read many, but sadly not all, of John le Carre’s novels, but certainly ALL of his Smiley books. Im...

Barbara rated it ★★★☆☆

November 06, 2017

3.5 stars In "A Legacy of Spies" John Le Carré takes us from the present day back to the time and setting of his most famous book "The Spy Who Came in From the Cold." ***** As the story opens Peter Guillam, a former protegé/right-hand-man of spy-master George Smiley, is a senior citizen living on h...

John rated it ★★★★★

September 11, 2017

Awesome book, all Le Carré aficionados will want to read this. Long dead characters and plots from his heyday are literally unearthed and desecrated by the righteous anger of the 21st-century establishment, anxious to disassociate itself from its Cold War practices. Enough said. The old Le Carré...

Anmiryam rated it ★★★★☆

September 03, 2017

As ever, Le Carre is the master of narratives of dissimulation and regret at the lies that have fractured the lives of his protagonists. This book is entrancing, lovely even, in it's exploration of the life of a former spy, Peter Guillam, whose actions and sacrifices are being questioned in the p...

Truman32 rated it ★★★★☆

September 15, 2017

A Legacy of Spies is virtuoso spy-writer John le Carré revisiting George Smiley and his Circus agency cohorts in a sequel to The Spy Who Came In From The Cold and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. The main character this time, however, is Peter Guillam, the chief lieutenant to M16’s Sensei Wu, George...

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