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


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...

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...

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...

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...

Brandon rated it ★★★★☆

May 07, 2017

The old master may have lost a half step, but a sequel to THE SPY WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD still has no right to be this good.

Charles rated it ★★★★★

August 15, 2017

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Nigeyb rated it ★★★★★

September 14, 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...

Mark rated it ★★★☆☆

September 11, 2017

you really need to have read lecarré's other books to understand what's happening in this one. it's kind of a greatest hits album from an amazing author.

Andrew rated it ★★★★★

April 22, 2017

George Smiley returns...or does he? The Service is being sued for past misdeeds so our favourite characters comes back to the aid of the old Circus. Memories are wracked and personal files uncached as we discover what REALLY happened instead of what the record says.

Maine Colonial rated it ★★★★★

September 09, 2017

Like any other lover of espionage fiction, I’ve read all of le Carre’s George Smiley books. I’ve also seen the movies and I recently listened to the BBC radio dramatizations. Those dramatizations were entertaining in themselves, but also excellent preparation for Legacy of Spies. Legacy of Spies...

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