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George Smiley decides upon a British espionage offensive.
on 8 September 2017
This is the second of the George Smiley vs Karla stories. At the beginning, we are introduced to Jerry Westerby who featured in Tinker, Taylor, Soldier, Spy.
The characters of this story are wonderfully crafted and I enjoyed the way we got to learn of these various protagonists through interviews with people who knew them from the past. These meetings and interviews are done via Connie Sachs, George Smiley etc during the middle part of the book as they gather information from parents and friends about various people who George Smiley wants to use or compound. A wonderful picture develops of the players in this new game of espionage. The British Secret Service is recovering from the shock of high-level Soviet infiltration and with its damaged reputation, George Smiley decides upon a British espionage offensive in the Far East of Hong Kong and Laos at a time when the Vietnam War is drawing to its conclusion.