A Legacy of Spies

A Legacy of Spies

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"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 ColdandTinker 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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, New York : Viking, [2017]
ISBN: 9780735225114
0735225117
9780525557746
0525557741
9780735225121
Branch Call Number: FICTION LE CARRE 2017
Characteristics: 264 pages ; 24 cm

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talk2terih
Oct 22, 2017

Wonderful fun revisiting the inimitable George Smiley and the twisty, turny, slippery slope that was British Cold War spycraft. But above and beyond that, this book is a thoughtful study on the evolution (or devolution) of spycraft. We have always been impressed by Le Carre's knowledge of Cold War spycraft, but in this book he shows us how well he grasps its modern equivalent. This may not be the best book to introduce yourself to this author, but to those of us familiar with both Le Carre's style and his classic characters, this book is a true delight.

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jefralick
Oct 11, 2017

Five stars. Convoluted LeCarie plot, obscure/arcane vocabulary and pretentious British attitude. It couldn't be better.

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Missclimpson
Oct 01, 2017

Disappointing. Too talky and too little action.

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tjdickey
Oct 01, 2017

Fans of George Smiley, rejoice!
John Le Carré returns to some of his best-known characters after a long hiatus, as the fallout from a very cold case (and the offspring of a very cold spy) arise from the embers. Now, in the days of enhanced interrogation and potential abuse of national security, new revelations threaten the integrity of the Service to which Smiley's one-time protégé Peter Guillam devoted his life, and perhaps even Guillam himself. A case that was the prequel to "The Spy Who Came in from the Cold" (and tinged with the claustrophobic tension of "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy") unravels before our eyes, and Le Carré as always is asking what human price is too much to pay for intelligence.

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harrissusanc
Sep 23, 2017

Peter Guillam has to answer for Smiley in Parliament’s investigation of
a Cold War Op and the death of two of its agents, and takes you in on a trove of records, memories and heartbreaks. Some getting used to the old Smiley jargon and the new pastiche, but the master doesn’t betray.

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jhinchcliffe
Sep 16, 2017

Don't bother! Boring and pretentious. A waste of good paper.

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StarGladiator
Sep 03, 2017

Classic Le Carré! Who but he can write of Cold War spycraft at its most byzantine? Of humans with loves and losses, emotions, beliefs and hopes and foibles? But more so, it can be used as a primer for our times!
For the Cold War is back on, whether or not feckless Americans choose to recognize this. China is waging a // soft war \\ on America: cyber warfare to steal Pentagon weapons systems, flooding America with Fentanyl and unleashing economic warfare across the nation by way of real estate speculation, et cetera, while super-greedy realtors and crooked politicians look the other way! And Donald Trump - - the ideal Manchurian Candidate - - doing massive real estate/money laundering deals with the Russians.
Meanwhile in Seattle, we see a candidate for mayor [Jenny Durkan] who wants the identities - - from the public record - - of buyers of large amounts of real estate to be kept secret - - just as the King County Assessor also wants their identities to be kept secret - - just as President Trump does also!?!?!?!
Close scrutiny of money flows indicate that the same sources are financing Antifas and white supremacy groups - - the ignorant scoff at this, but this is classic Cold War spycraft!
The other proclaim religious freedom in America for Sunni Muslims - - yet we [the truth seekers] witness Sunnis slaughtering Akmedi Muslims from Glasgow to Pakistan, and daily suicide bombings against Shi'a Mulsims. How dare anyone speak of religious freedom in this context! Meanwhile, both UNICEF and the Population Reference Bureau estimate that over one-half million young women and girls have been victims of Female Genital Mutilation on American soil - - ON AMERICAN SOIL! How dare anyone speak of religious freedom in this context!
Yes, we are beyond the bizarre - - and this is a great novel on Cold War spycraft - - and a primer for our times!

debwalker Aug 19, 2017

Spies! The first Smiley in decades.

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