Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy: A George Smiley Novel (Paperback)

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Having worked as a spy in his youth,  John Le Carre abandoned the flash of Ian Fleming’s James Bond for a grittier, probably more accurate, portrayal of the great game.  His plots are intricate, both shocking and subtle.  In his novel, there is no knight in shining armor, no side with the moral high ground.  Just people involved in a dangerous game, where the tricks it takes to win will keep them up at night someday.  Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy has to do with a double agent, a mole, much like the real Kim Philby.  It was made into a film and is considered one of John Le Carre’s best, full of twists and turns, as it travels down dark alleys. 

— Deon Stonehouse


From the New York Times bestselling author of A Legacy of 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 penetrated the highest level of British Intelligence. Relying only on his wits and a small, loyal cadre, Smiley recognizes the hand of Karla—his Moscow Centre nemesis—and sets a trap to catch the traitor.
The Oscar-nominated feature film adaptation of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is directed by Tomas Alfredson (Let the Right One In) and features Gary Oldman as Smiley, Academy Award winner Colin Firth (The King's Speech), and Tom Hardy (Inception).
With an introduction by the author.

About the Author

John le Carré was born in 1931. After attending the universities of Bern and Oxford, he taught at Eton and spent five years in the British Foreign Service. The Spy Who Came In from the Cold, his third book, secured him a worldwide reputation.

Praise For…

“The premier spy novelist of his time. Perhaps of all time.”—Time

“A rattling good novel.”—San Francisco Chronicle

“John le Carré is the great master of the spy story…the constant flow of emotion lifts him not only above all modern suspense novelists, but above most novelists now practicing.”—Financial Times

“Stunning.”—Wall Street Journal

Coverage from NPR

Product Details
ISBN: 9780143119784
ISBN-10: 0143119788
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: June 7th, 2011
Pages: 400
Language: English