A Legacy of Spies

A Legacy of Spies

eBook - 2018
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Peter Guillam, staunch colleague and disciple of George Smiley of the British Secret Service, otherwise known as the Circus, has retired to his 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 are to be scrutinised by a generation with no memory of the Cold War. Somebody must be made to pay for innocent blood once spilt in the name of the greater good. Interweaving past with present so that each may tell its own story, John le Carre has given us a novel of superb and enduring quality.
Publisher: [Harmondsworth] : 2018. Penguin,
ISBN: 9780241981238
0241981239
Branch Call Number: REM
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Bolinda Digital BorrowBox

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northstar5
Apr 06, 2018

In what is probably Le Carre's last book he ties up many loose ends (while still leaving - adding - a few more). A page turner yet somewhat empty. Leaves one longing for his earlier works

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wiley1827
Apr 04, 2018

Snore.
The great author is 86 and it's time to sit on the porch and smoke his pipe.

Probably his last - he should have left us wanting more - and this ain't it!

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dirtbag1
Mar 14, 2018

Le Carre is of course a master wordsmith and for that reason alone this book should be read. However I couldn't help but think that if one had not read his earlier works, this would be a difficult story to follow. Has he run out of ideas?

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richibi
Feb 25, 2018

Le Carré's best works are behind him, I think, this one is a rehash of earlier, better, books, with the accent on "hash"

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t_naciuk
Feb 21, 2018

One of the most accessible le Carre reads! He draws the reader in to good and bad relations between characters, thankfully keeping the cast to a manageable number.

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dirtbag
Jan 31, 2018

There is no one who is as good a writer as this guy. This is a must read.

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EmilyEm
Dec 27, 2017

Book continues the George Smiley canon with Peter Guillam as this book’s central character. Must have read ‘Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy’ and ‘The Spy who Came in from the Cold’ first.

An intriguing spy story that’s just a bit bogged down by all the old files Peter must peruse. Had a bit of the feel of a swan song as these characters have all gotten older. Hope not.

DPLjennyp Dec 12, 2017

Good for die-hard Smiley fans, but I found they mystery/suspense element didn't shine as brightly as LeCarre's classics.

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talk2terih
Oct 22, 2017

Wonderful fun revisiting the inimitable George Smiley and the twisty, turny, slippery slope that was British Cold War spycraft. But above and beyond that, this book is a thoughtful study on the evolution (or devolution) of spycraft. We have always been impressed by Le Carre's knowledge of Cold War spycraft, but in this book he shows us how well he grasps its modern equivalent. This may not be the best book to introduce yourself to this author, but to those of us familiar with both Le Carre's style and his classic characters, this book is a true delight.

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jefralick
Oct 11, 2017

Five stars. Convoluted LeCarie plot, obscure/arcane vocabulary and pretentious British attitude. It couldn't be better.

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