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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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