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Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (Smiley)
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy - Smiley
Author: John le Carre
"It's the oldest question of all, George. Who can spy on the spies?" — The man he knew as "Control" is dead, and the young Turks who forced him out now run the Circus. But George Smiley isn't quite ready for retirement--especially when a pretty, would-be defector surfaces with a shocking accusation: a Soviet mole has p...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780143119784
ISBN-10: 0143119788
Publication Date: 6/7/2011
Pages: 400
Edition: Reprint
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.

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Publisher: Penguin (Non-Classics)
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is an engaging spy novel on the list of 1001 books you must read before you die. Although a bit confusing at first, I eventually settled into the story involving the upper echelons of the British Intelligence Service during the Cold War. George Smiley, swept into retirement after a botched operation, is called back to investigate when there is the suggestion of a mole—John le Carré is thought to have coined the term—among the leaders of the Circus. The prose, laced with a lot of jargon, builds much suspense along the way. This first installment of the Karla trilogy has me intrigued about the battle between Smiley and Russian spymaster Karla: I might read the whole series.