The Spy Who Came in From the Cold Author:John Le Carre This brilliant novel adds John le Carre's name to the microscopically small list of really great writers of espionage fiction. In truth, it does a great deal more. It is the spy novel to end all spy novels. It dispatches the spun-sugar secret agents of recent fame back to their comic-opera Graustarks forever. Its central figure, Leamas, whos... more »e mission is to trap the top spy of East Berlin, is a creation of astonishing reality and authenticity. The plot he sets in motion, and later becomes the principal victim of, is a thing of magnificent complexity. Also of far-reaching implications. For the tension within Leamas is strikingly contemporary. It is the tension of a committed man unable to come to terms with the utterly ruthless machine he serves.« less
I read this many, many years ago and was a truly enjoyable experience. It's one of those books that you hold onto because the storyline never gets old. It led me into the wonderful series of "George Smiley" books. A bit dated now but still thoroughly enjoyable with each re-read over the years.