A Perfect Spy Book
Score: 3.5
From 22 Ratings

A Perfect Spy


  • Author : John le Carré
  • Publisher : Penguin Canada
  • Release Date : 2008-09-30
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 608
  • ISBN 10 : 9780143182993

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A Perfect Spy Excerpt :

The premier spy novelist of our time now gives us his largest and most engaging work. It is a novel that plumbs the essential nature of espionage itself as it interweaves the story of a secret international manhunt with the unfolding of a secret life—the life of a man of spectacular gifts, nursed on deceit, schooled in betrayal, incapable of love: a perfect spy. The man is Magnus Pym, a senior partner in "the Firm" of British intelligence; a man whose boundless charm, energy, and wit so dazzle that no two people have ever perceived him in the same way; a man unknown, really, and perhaps unknowable, even to those closest to him. Especially now. For Magnus Pym has disappeared. His superiors, his colleagues, his friends are baffled. Even his wife (the perfect wife of a perfect spy) is shaken. And while we follow their frenzied attempts to discover Pym's whereabouts—a search that soon galvanizes the espionage communities of both East and West as it continually opens into new labyrinths of mystery, as it unearths a clandestine chain of operations in Washington, Vienna, Prague London, Berlin—we are drawn simultaneously into a drama even more powerful: the prelude to Pym's disappearance, the story of his education as a spy. It begins with a boyhood lived on an emotional seesaw, marked alternately by extravagance and deprivation, dominated by a man both adored and adoring who educated Pym from birth in the ways of his as yet unchosen profession. The man: Pym's father, a builder of (invariably toppling) empires, a con artist on a grand scale, a charmer who inspires complete loyalty, then wantonly exploits it. And we watch as Pym learns from him to deceive reflexively, learns to master the linked arts of guile and seeming guileless, acquires a moral code that equates love with betrayal...a code that the seventeen-year-old draws upon when, as a pawn in one of his father's schemes, he finds himself cut off, alone in Switzerland ("the spiritual home of all natural spies"),

A Perfect Spy Book
Score: 3.5
From 24 Ratings

A Perfect Spy


  • Author : John le Carre
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2002-12-31
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 608
  • ISBN 10 : 9780743457927

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A Perfect Spy Excerpt :

Magnus Pym, Britain's premier spy, has vanished -- sending intelligence communities on a frenzied international manhunt. As the search plays out, so does a chain of clandestine operations surfacing in Washington, Vienna, Prague, London, and Berlin. But the most powerful drama of all comes from exploring Pym's background -- his education as a spy, and the spectacular motives and mentors who transformed him into a master of guile and deception.

A Perfect Spy Book
Score: 3.5
From 22 Ratings

A Perfect Spy


  • Author : John le Carré
  • Publisher : Penguin UK
  • Release Date : 2018-09-27
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 672
  • ISBN 10 : 9780241322499

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A Perfect Spy Excerpt :

'The best English novel since the war' Philip Roth Magnus Pym - ranking diplomat, consummate Englishman, loving husband, secret agent - has vanished. Has he defected? Gone to ground? As the hunt for Pym intensifies, the secrets of his life are revealed: the people he has loved and betrayed, the unreliable con-man father who made him, the two mentors who moulded and shaped him, and now wish to claim this perfect spy as their own. Described by le Carré as his most autobiographical novel, A Perfect Spy is a devastating portrayal of a man who has played different roles for so long, he no longer knows who he is. 'Le Carré understood that espionage is an extreme version of the human comedy, even the human tragedy. A Perfect Spy will very likely remain his greatest book' New Yorker

Perfect Spy Book
Score: 4.5
From 4 Ratings

Perfect Spy


  • Author : Larry Berman
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Release Date : 2009-10-13
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN 10 : 9780061736544

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Perfect Spy Excerpt :

During the Vietnam War, Time reporter Pham Xuan An befriended everyone who was anyone in Saigon, including American journalists such as David Halberstam and Neil Sheehan, the CIA's William Colby, and the legendary Colonel Edward Lansdale—not to mention the most influential members of the South Vietnamese government and army. None of them ever guessed that he was also providing strategic intelligence to Hanoi, smuggling invisible ink messages into the jungle inside egg rolls. His early reports were so accurate that General Giap joked, "We are now in the U.S. war room." In Perfect Spy, Larry Berman, who An considered his official American biographer, chronicles the extraordinary life of one of the twentieth century's most fascinating spies.

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Book
Score: 4
From 100 Ratings

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy


  • Author : John le Carré
  • Publisher : Penguin Canada
  • Release Date : 2006-08-22
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN 10 : 9780143186373

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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Excerpt :

George Smiley’s deadly game Smiley and his people are facing a remarkable challenge: a mole—a Soviet double agent—who has burrowed his way in and up to the highest level of British Intelligence. His treachery has already blown some of their vital operations and their best networks. The mole is one of their own kind. But who is it?

The Secret Pilgrim Book
Score: 3.5
From 13 Ratings

The Secret Pilgrim


  • Author : John le Carré
  • Publisher : Ballantine Books
  • Release Date : 2017-08-15
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN 10 : 9781524797621

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The Secret Pilgrim Excerpt :

The acclaimed novel featuring George Smiley, from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Legacy of Spies and The Night Manager, now an AMC miniseries The rules of the game, and of the world, have changed. Old enemies now yield to glasnost and perestroika. The killing shadows of the Cold War are flooded with light. The future is unfathomable. To train new spies for this uncertain future, one must show them the past. Enter the man called Ned, the loyal and shrewd veteran of the Circus. With the inspiration of his inscrutable mentor George Smiley, Ned thrills all as he recounts forty exhilarating years of Cold War espionage across Europe and the Far East—an electrifying, clandestine tour of honorable old knights and notorious traitors, triumph and failure, passion and hate, suspicion, sudden death, and old secrets that haunt us still. Praise for The Secret Pilgrim “Intriguing . . . magisterial . . . The many ingredients are skillfully marshaled. . . . Lucidly and elegantly controlled.”—The New York Times Book Review “Scorching . . . fascinating . . . seductive . . . a dazzler.”—Entertainment Weekly “Powerful . . . a highly absorbing tale.”—Newsday “Extraordinary.”—USA Today

The Perfect Spy Book

The Perfect Spy


  • Author : Amy Martinsen
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2021-02
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : null
  • ISBN 10 : 1734314850

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A Delicate Truth Book
Score: 3.5
From 33 Ratings

A Delicate Truth


  • Author : John le Carré
  • Publisher : Penguin Canada
  • Release Date : 2013-05-07
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9780143188919

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A Delicate Truth Excerpt :

2008: A covert counterterror operation code-named Wildlife is to be mounted on the Rock of Gibraltar. This one is right off the books; the target code-named PUNTER. The Brits on land, the American mercenaries by sea. Kit Probyn, an upright Foreign Office veteran with a safe pair of hands and no previous experience of the dark arts, will be the minister’s eyes and ears on the ground. His “red telephone.” Toby Bell, a rising Foreign Office star and the minister’s personal private secretary, has been kept out of the loop. Why? There are whispers of private armies, bounty, dicey intelligence, corporate wars. 2011: A disgraced Special Forces soldier who took part in Wildlife delivers a message from the dead. The worlds of Toby Bell and Kit Probyn collide. If the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing, at what point do these two good men become guilty bystanders?

The Honourable Schoolboy Book
Score: 3.5
From 27 Ratings

The Honourable Schoolboy


  • Author : John le Carré
  • Publisher : Penguin Canada
  • Release Date : 2006-08-22
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 608
  • ISBN 10 : 9780143182917

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The Honourable Schoolboy Excerpt :

George Smiley’s revenge George Smiley has become chief of the battered British Secret Service. The betrayals of a Soviet double agent have riddled the spy network. Smiley wants revenge. He chooses his weapon: Jerry Westerby, “The Honourable Schoolboy,” a passionate lover and a seasoned, reckless secret agent. Westerby is pointed east, to Hong Kong. So begins the terrifying game...

The Little Drummer Girl Book
Score: 4
From 13 Ratings

The Little Drummer Girl


  • Author : John le Carré
  • Publisher : Penguin Canada
  • Release Date : 2008-06-03
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 480
  • ISBN 10 : 9780143182924

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The Little Drummer Girl Excerpt :

Charlie is a promiscuous, unsuccessful English actress in her twenties. Intrigued by a handsome, solitary stranger, she finds herself lured into the “theatre of the real.” For the mysterious man is Kurtz, an embattled Israeli intelligence officer out to stop the bombing of Jews in Europe. Forced to play her most challenging role, Charlie is plunged into a deceptive and delicate trap set to ensnare an elusive Palestinian terrorist … and soon proves herself a double agent of the highest order.

Single and Single Book

Single and Single


  • Author : John le Carré
  • Publisher : Penguin Canada
  • Release Date : 2009-07-07
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN 10 : 9780143183020

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Single and Single Excerpt :

A lawyer from the London finance house of Single & Single is shot dead on a Turkish hillside by people with whom he thought he was in business. A children's magician in the English countryside is asked by his bank to explain the unsolicited arrival of more than five million pounds sterling in his young daughter's modest trust. A freighter bound for Liverpool is boarded by Russian coast guards in the Black Sea. The celebrated London merchant venturer "Tiger" Single disappears into thin air. In Single & Single the writer who both epitomizes and transcends the novel of espionage opens with a haunting set piece, then establishes a sequence of events whose connections are mysterious, complex and compelling. This is a story of corrupt liaisons between criminal elements in the new Russian states and the world of legitimate finance in the West. Le Carré's finest novel in years, it is also an intimate portrait of two families: one Russian, the other English; one trading illicit goods, the other laundering the profits; one betrayed by a son-in-law, the other betrayed, and redeemed, by a son. This is territory le Carré knows better than anyone. Masterful and prescient, he is writing at the height of his creative powers, and Oliver Single, the central protagonist, is one of his most fascinating characters.

John Le Carr    A New Collection of Three Complete Novels Book

John Le Carr A New Collection of Three Complete Novels


  • Author : John Le Carré
  • Publisher : Wings
  • Release Date : 1996
  • Genre: Art
  • Pages : 807
  • ISBN 10 : 0517150190

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John Le Carr A New Collection of Three Complete Novels Excerpt :

Three more great ones from this incomparable international bestseller who is regarded by many as the father of the spy novel. This hardcover trilogy features three of the masters most exciting and best-selling stories: The Russia House, The Secret Pilgrim. and A Perfect Spy. A perfect set-up for his millions of fans.

The Russia House Book

The Russia House


  • Author : John le Carré
  • Publisher : Penguin Canada
  • Release Date : 2008-06-03
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 432
  • ISBN 10 : 9780143183068

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The Russia House Excerpt :

In Moscow, highly classified military documents have been leaked. If they make it into the wrong hands, the consequences could be cataclysmic. Barley Blair, a bewildered, drink-marinated English publisher, becomes the unlikely recipient of the smuggled documents. Blair is hardly to the taste of the spymasters, yet he has to be used. John le Carré catches history in the act and gives us a magnificent thriller, a love story, an ethical puzzle, and a chilling portrayal of the Cold War. As the Iron Curtain begins to rust and crumble, Blair is left to sound a battle cry that may fall on deaf ears.

The Naive and Sentimental Lover Book
Score: 2
From 3 Ratings

The Naive and Sentimental Lover


  • Author : John le Carré
  • Publisher : Penguin Canada
  • Release Date : 2010-07-27
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 472
  • ISBN 10 : 9780143182955

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The Naive and Sentimental Lover Excerpt :

Aldo Cassidy is the naive and sentimental lover. A successful, judicious man, he is wrenched away from the ordered certainties of his life by a sudden encounter with Shamus, a wild, carousing artist and Helen, his nakedly alluring wife. Cassidy, plunged into a whirlpool of recklessness and spontaneity, becomes a man bewildered and agonised as he is torn between two poles of a nature more complex than he had ever imagined.

The Roundabout Man Book
Score: 4.5
From 5 Ratings

The Roundabout Man


  • Author : Clare Morrall
  • Publisher : Hachette UK
  • Release Date : 2012-02-02
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 324
  • ISBN 10 : 9781848942233

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The Roundabout Man Excerpt :

Who is the Roundabout Man? He doesn't look like a tramp, yet he lives on a roundabout in a caravan and survives on the leftovers from a nearby motorway service station. He calls himself Quinn, the name of a boy in a world-famous series of children's books, but he's nearer retirement than childhood. What he hopes no one will discover is that he's the real Quinn, immortalised as a child by his mother in her entrancing tales about a little boy's adventures with his triplet sisters. It is this inheritance he has successfully run away from - until now. When Quinn's reclusive existence is invaded, he has to turn and face his past, and all the uncomfortable truths it contains about himself, his sisters and, most of all, his mother.