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John le Carré was born in 1931. His third novel, THE SPY WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD, secured him a wide reputation which was consolidated by the acclaim for his trilogy TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY, THE HONOURABLE SCHOOLBOY and SMILEY'S PEOPLE. His other novels include THE CONSTANT GARDENER, A MOST WANTED MAN and OUR KIND OF TRAITOR.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Spy Trilogy For The Ages 28 Nov 2013
By Richard Robins - Published on
In this era of NSA electronic snooping, the game goes on. In the 1970s, Le Carre fashioned the remarkable tale of a double agent in the British Intelligence Service aka MI6. This is not James Bond stuff, it's the real deal. The daily intel grind where nothing is as it seems (I'm borrowing from the text a bit).

After the 2nd World War, the Brits & Americans had to worry about the KGB in Soviet Russia. Le Carre takes us into the highest levels of spydome, Britain's "Circus" in London. The American CIA begins to wonder about "leaks" to the KGB. Turns out they were right. As a teaser, see the 2012 film "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" which I review separately.

Cutting to the chase, if you enjoy spy thrillers, you will want to read and own this trilogy. It will be with you for a long time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful spy trilogy by the best fiction writer in the English language 18 Jan 2011
By Mark C. Chapin - Published on
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Well written, great characters, terrific plots. I had to buy this one because the one I've had for many years is falling apart from re-reading.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great Stories, Really Horrible Binding 3 Jun 2014
By Stephen Mann - Published on
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The three stories collected in this book are, to my mind, the most intriguing yet easy to read and follow of all the Le Carre stories. I am a child of the 70s so there is a resonance with the material - which takes place in that decade - for me.

"Tinker Tailor" is possibly the best story of its type I've ever read. Much better than the recent movie, though that did a creditable job of portraying the events in the book, and the other stories match it in style and content.

But this binding is horrible. So tight it is very difficult to keep the pages open at one's place. If you force the binding open you will rip the endpapers away from the cover. Ask me how I know this. >8o(

So three stars.
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