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The final book of the trilogy. I had watched the BBC dramatisation first which was excellent (I thought Gary Oldman was fantastic as George Smiley in last years film 'Tinker, tailor, soldier, spy' but not in the same league as Alex Guiness in the BBC dramas). Reading the book, at a slower pace than watching the tv drama, I appreciated so much more the subtleties of the plot. There is a poignant irony to the iniquitous Karla being destroyed by the one small chink in his armour; the small remnant of his humanity.....his paternal love for his daughter.