Smiley s People Book
Score: 4
From 25 Ratings

Smiley s People


  • Author : John le Carre
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2002-11-26
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 416
  • ISBN 10 : 9780743455800

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Smiley s People Excerpt :

A spy story that gives the final convulsive confrontation between George Smiley and his mortal enemy, Karla.

Smiley s People Book
Score: 3
From 14 Ratings

Smiley s People


  • Author : John le Carré
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2011-06-28
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 416
  • ISBN 10 : 9781101535295

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Smiley s People Excerpt :

From the New York Times bestselling author of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy; Our Kind of Traitor; and The Night Manager, now a television series starring Tom Hiddleston. Tell Max that it concerns the Sandman… A very junior agent answers Vladimir’s call, but it could have been the Chief of the Circus himself. No one at the British Secret Service considers the old spy to be anything except a senile has-been who can’t give up the game—until he’s shot in the face at point-blank range. Although George Smiley (code name: Max) is officially retired, he’s summoned to identify the body now bearing Moscow Centre’s bloody imprimatur. As he works to unearth his friend’s fatal secrets, Smiley heads inexorably toward one final reckoning with Karla—his dark “grail.” In Smiley’s People, master storyteller and New York Times bestselling author of The Spy Who Came in from the Cold and Our Kind of Traitor John le Carré brings his acclaimed Karla Trilogy, to its unforgettable, spellbinding conclusion. With an introduction by the author.

Smiley s People Book

Smiley s People


  • Author : John le Carré
  • Publisher : Penguin Canada
  • Release Date : 2006-08-22
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 416
  • ISBN 10 : 9780143182931

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Smiley s People Excerpt :

The return of George Smiley It’s an emergency, George. You remember Vladimir. George, are you awake? You remember the old General, George? The phone call that dragged George Smiley, acting Chief of the Circus, from his bed was a plea to return to active service. But only to bury the case, not to solve it.

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.

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...

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?

A Legacy of Spies Book
Score: 4
From 24 Ratings

A Legacy of Spies


  • Author : John le Carré
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2017-09-05
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9780735234536

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A Legacy of Spies Excerpt :

The undisputed master returns with a riveting new book—his first Smiley novel in more than twenty-five years Peter Guillam, staunch colleague and disciple of George Smiley of the British Secret Service, otherwise known as the Circus, is living out his old age on the family farmstead on the south coast of Brittany when a letter from his old service summons him to London. The reason? His Cold War past has come back to claim him. Intelligence operations that were once the toast of secret London, and involved such characters as Alec Leamas, Jim Prideaux, George Smiley and Peter Guillam himself, are to be scrutinized by a generation with no memory of the Cold War and no patience for its justifications. Interweaving past and present so that each tells its own intense story, John le Carré has spun a single plot as ingenious and thrilling as the two predecessors on which it looks back: The Spy Who Came in from the Cold and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. In a story resonating with tension, humor and moral ambivalence, le Carré and his narrator Peter Guillam present the reader with a legacy of unforgettable characters, old and new.

Call for the Dead Book
Score: 3.5
From 41 Ratings

Call for the Dead


  • Author : John le Carré
  • Publisher : Penguin Canada
  • Release Date : 2013-10-22
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 176
  • ISBN 10 : 9780143191186

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Call for the Dead Excerpt :

George Smiley is no one’s idea of a spy—which is perhaps why he’s such a natural. But Smiley apparently made a mistake. After a routine security interview, he concluded that the affable Samuel Fennan had nothing to hide. Why, then, did the man from the Foreign Office shoot himself in the head only hours later? Or did he? The heart-stopping tale of intrigue that launched both novelist and spy, Call for the Dead is an essential introduction to le Carré’s chillingly amoral universe. amoral universe.

A Murder of Quality Book
Score: 5
From 1 Ratings

A Murder of Quality


  • Author : John le Carré
  • Publisher : Penguin Canada
  • Release Date : 2013-10-22
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 176
  • ISBN 10 : 9780143191193

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A Murder of Quality Excerpt :

John le Carré’s second novel, A Murder of Quality, offers an exquisite, satirical look at an elite private school as it chronicles the early development of George Smiley. Miss Ailsa Brimley is in a quandary. She’s received a peculiar letter from Mrs. Stella Rode saying that she fears her husband—an assistant master at Carne School—is trying to kill her. Reluctant to go to the police, Miss Brimley calls upon her old wartime colleague, George Smiley. Unfortunately, it’s too late—Mrs. Rode has just been murdered. As Smiley takes up the investigation, he realizes that in life—as in espionage—nothing is quite what it appears.

Understanding John Le Carr   Book
Score: 3
From 1 Ratings

Understanding John Le Carr


  • Author : John L. Cobbs
  • Publisher : Univ of South Carolina Press
  • Release Date : 1998
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 297
  • ISBN 10 : 1570031681

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Understanding John Le Carr Excerpt :

John Cobbs establishes that contemporary English novelist John le Carre's fiction transcends the genre of espionage, and that le Carre is preeminently a social commentator who writes novels of manners. Cobbs analyzes each of le Carre's novels and offers a biographical sketch, describing le Carre's often overlooked academic success and reputation as a once member of British Intelligence.

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 Pigeon Tunnel Book
Score: 4
From 20 Ratings

The Pigeon Tunnel


  • Author : John le Carré
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2016-09-06
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9780143199175

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The Pigeon Tunnel Excerpt :

“Out of the secret world I once knew, I have tried to make a theatre for the larger worlds we inhabit. First comes the imagining, then the search for reality. Then back to the imagining, and to the desk where I'm sitting now.” From his years serving in British Intelligence during the Cold War, to a career as a writer that took him from war-torn Cambodia to Beirut on the cusp of the 1982 Israeli invasion to Russia before and after the collapse of the Berlin Wall, John le Carré has always written from the heart of modern times. In this, his first memoir, le Carré is as funny as he is incisive, reading into the events he witnesses the same moral ambiguity with which he imbues his novels. Whether he’s writing about the parrot at a Beirut hotel that could perfectly mimic machine gun fire or the opening bars of Beethoven’s Fifth, visiting Rwanda’s museums of the unburied dead in the aftermath of the genocide, celebrating New Year’s Eve 1982 with Yasser Arafat and his high command, interviewing a German woman terrorist in her desert prison in the Negev, listening to the wisdoms of the great physicist, dissident, and Nobel Prize winner Andrei Sakharov, meeting with two former heads of the KGB, watching Alec Guinness prepare for his role as George Smiley in the legendary BBC TV adaptations, or describing the female aid worker who inspired the main character in The Constant Gardener, le Carré endows each happening with vividness and humor, now making us laugh out loud, now inviting us to think anew about events and people we believed we understood. Best of all, le Carré gives us a glimpse of a writer’s journey over more than six decades, and his own hunt for the human spark that has given so much life and heart to his fictional characters.

Moo Book
Score: 3.5
From 33 Ratings

Moo


  • Author : Jane Smiley
  • Publisher : Anchor
  • Release Date : 2011-08-24
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 432
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307805294

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Moo Excerpt :

In this darkly satirical send-up of academia and the Midwest, we are introduced to Moo University, a distinguished institution devoted to the study of agriculture. Amid cow pastures and waving fields of grain, Moo’s campus churns with devious plots, mischievous intrigue, lusty liaisons, and academic one-upmanship, Chairman X of the Horticulture Department harbors a secret fantasy to kill the dean; Mrs. Walker, the provost's right hand and campus information queen, knows where all the bodies are buried; Timothy Monahan, associate professor of English, advocates eavesdropping for his creative writing assignments; and Bob Carlson, a sophomore, feeds and maintains his only friend: a hog named Earl Butz. Wonderfully written and masterfully plotted, Moo gives us a wickedly funny slice of life.

A Thousand Acres Book
Score: 3.5
From 54 Ratings

A Thousand Acres


  • Author : Jane Smiley
  • Publisher : Anchor
  • Release Date : 2011-01-05
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307787712

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A Thousand Acres Excerpt :

This powerful twentieth-century reimagining of Shakespeare’s King Lear centers on a wealthy Iowa farmer who decides to divide his farm between his three daughters. When the youngest objects, she is cut out of his will. This sets off a chain of events that brings dark truths to light and explodes long-suppressed emotions. Ambitiously conceived and stunningly written, A Thousand Acres takes on themes of truth, justice, love, and pride—and reveals the beautiful yet treacherous topography of humanity.

Corridors of Deceit Book

Corridors of Deceit


  • Author : Peter Wolfe
  • Publisher : Popular Press
  • Release Date : 1987
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 275
  • ISBN 10 : 0879723823

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Corridors of Deceit Excerpt :

John le Carré is viewed by many critics as one of the best spy and espionage novel writers. His most famous works are The Spy Who Came in from the Cold; Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy; and The Little Drummer Girl. Peter Wolfe has produced an informative study of le Carré’s works, showing how le Carré’s five years in the Service (British Intelligence) helped him become a keen observer, social historian, and expert in bureaucratic politics. He has supplanted the technological flair marking much of today's spy fiction with moral complexity and psychological depth. He shows us what spies are like, how they feel about spying, and how spying affects their minds and hearts.