Tag Archives: George Smiley

A Delicate Truth, John LeCarré (Viking Adult, 2013 {Penguin Audio, Narrator: John LeCarré)

 (John LeCarré, Mystery, Espionage, Thriller) Grade: Γ– (Gamma) A good book within the genre, possibly worth reading regardless of which genre’s you like, but has a setting or style that is likely to be unappealing to individuals who dislike a given … Continue reading

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The Spy Who Came In From the Cold, John LeCarré (Victor Golloncz, 1963 {Penguin Audio, Narrator: Michael Jayston)

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold is the dark, gritty and tremendously realistic spy novel that launched John LeCarré’s career. Said by some to be the best espionage novel ever written, it’s certainly one of my top two. For my full review go to http://www.sophyanempire.wordpress.com. Continue reading

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A Murder of Quality, John LeCarré (Penguin Books, 1962 {Penguin Audio: Narrator: Michael Jayston)

A Murder of Quality, John LeCarré’s second book, serves as a more-or-less pedestrian murder mystery albeit with George Smiley. There is no spying, but rather a bit of amateur sleuthing. If you like mysteries, this is a fine read, but if not, give this book a pass. For a full review, go to http://www.sophyanempire.wordpress.com Continue reading

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Call for the Dead, John LeCarré (Signet, 1962 {Penguin Audio, Narrator: Michael Jayston})

Call for the Dead was John LeCarré’s first novel, and not only did it introduce us to the best espionage author to date, but it also introduced us to George Smiley. A brilliant short novel (128pp), it is a wonderful read for anyone who likes mysteries and/or spies, and well worth a read even if you don’t. Continue reading

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The Perfect Spy, John LeCarré (Penguin Books, 1986 {Penguin Audio, Narrator: Michael Jayston)

The Perfect Spy by John LeCarré is an extremely well crafted novel that tells the tale of a British Intelligence Officer who mysteriously goes AWOL after his father’s death. Told part in part as a third person narrative and part as a first person “memoire,” it starts slow but eventually hooks the reader into its brilliant writing. Having said that, it is perhaps my least favorite of LeCarré’s Cold War period, and would recommend putting this towards the end of my LeCarré Reading List. For a full review (explaining this commentary, go to http://www.sophyanempire.wordpress.com). Continue reading

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Smiley’s People, John LeCarré (Penguin Books, 1979 {Penguin Audio, Narrator: Michael Jayston)

Smiley’s People is the last installment in the Karla Trilogy, and the penultimate volume (to date and likely ever) about or involving John LeCarré’s master spy: George Smiley. This book pits him at last, toe to toe with his arch-nemesis, Karla. For more go to http://www.sophyanempire.wordpress.com Continue reading

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The Honourable School Boy, John Le Carré (Penguin Books, 1977{Penguin Audio, Narrator: Michael Jayston})

The Honourable School Boy is the stand alone second volume in the Karla Trilogy by John Le Carré. It focuses on the aftermath of the events that are chronicled in LeCarré’s masterwork: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. Though not the best in the series, it remains a superior spy tale. See http://www.sophyanempire.wordpress.com for the full review Continue reading

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