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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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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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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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Tinker, Tailor, Soldier Spy, John LeCarré (Alfred A. Knopf, 1974)

The best, most realistic espionage novel ever written, bar none. Far from the action thrillers spy story, this is a tense and gripping mystery. For those of you who have never heard of it, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier Spy follows the search for a mole inside of British Intelligence. (for more, go to https://sophyanempire.wordpress.com/) Continue reading

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