A Legacy of Spies

A Legacy of Spies

A George Smiley Novel

Book - 2017
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Peter Guillam, staunch colleague and disciple of George Smiley of the British Secret Service, otherwise known as the Circus, is living out his old age on the 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, and involved such characters as Alec Leamas, Jim Prideaux, George Smiley and Peter Guillam himself, are to be scrutinised under disturbing criteria by a generation with no memory of the Cold War and no patience with its justifications.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Group USA, 2017
ISBN: 9780735225114
0735225117
9780735225138
Branch Call Number: FICTION LECAR...J
Characteristics: 264 pages ; 24 cm

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kennethbhill
Apr 27, 2018

A traditional European Cold War spy thriller that was enjoyable to read, but difficult to follow the multitude of characters and chronology (e.g., past versus present) throughout the story.

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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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jazpur
Nov 07, 2017

John Le Carre and Smiley's people never disappoint.A lot of loose ends from the past come together in this one to make a fascinating story. I hope it makes the small screen some time soon.

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