A Legacy of Spies: A Novel

A Legacy of Spies: A Novel

by John le Carré

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The undisputed master returns with his first Smiley novel in more than twenty-five years—a #1 New York Times bestseller and ideal holiday gift.

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 scrutinized by a generation with no memory of the Cold War and no patience with its justifications.
Interweaving past with present so that each may tell its own intense story, John le Carré has spun a single plot as ingenious and thrilling as the two predecessors on which it looks back: The Spy Who Came in from the Cold and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. In a story resonating with tension, humor and moral ambivalence, le Carré and his narrator Peter Guillam present the reader with a legacy of unforgettable characters old and new.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780525505488
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/04/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 178,015
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.20(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

John le Carré was born in 1931 and attended the universities of Bern and Oxford. He taught at Eton and served briefly in British intelligence during the Cold War. For the last fifty years he has lived by his pen. He divides his time between London and Cornwall.

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A Legacy of Spies: A Novel 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was like seeing old friends again
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mr Lecarre has an admirable and long career and I am in awe of his talent and he hooked us through the years with his excellent books but I couldn't get into this book. Regardless if he decides to write another book I will read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would have enjoyed seeing more of the story unfold.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ending was a bit weak but the rest was enjoyable storytelling.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Le Carre never disappoints me - always entertaining with his very unique voice.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Seemed disjointed and hard to follow. Enjoyed his other books so much more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Would be difficult to follow if one hadn't read JLaC 's earlier books
MichaemMac2 More than 1 year ago
A coda to the Smiley saga, though it's more a bookend to "Spy Who Came in From the Cold" than the Karla trilogy. Felt like "Secret Pilgrim," and Peter Guillam reminded me of Ned in the way he drags himself through his own elegy and the Circus's. A quick read for le Carre, especially for a Circus book, and some of his reported disappointment with Sisman's biography shows up here in the book's anger about legacy and what it means. This feels like a summing up for le Carre, but hopefully like Miyazaki after "The Wind Rises," it'll turn out he has more tricks up his sleeve.
glauver More than 1 year ago
John le Carre' apparently decided that after a half century it was time to revisit The Spy Who Came in From The Cold. The story is narrated by an aged Peter Guillam, George Smiley's second in command during the Karla trilogy. Guillam is called out of retirement by the Service formerly known as the Circus to review the operation that resulted in the death of Leamas, the protagonist of Spy. Much of the story is a retelling and revising of those events through reports from a secret archive. Frankly, the novel really doesn't add much to Spy. That novel ended with a gut wrenching scene; Legacy just comes to an abrupt halt that leaves the reader puzzled. It would have been better to leave Smiley and his cohorts in whatever abode fictional spies reside after their careers end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Le Carre is up to his old tricks. Lots of subterfuge & nuance. Can be somewhat hard to follow @ times.
tedfeit0 More than 1 year ago
The Cold War may have ended many years ago in real life, but not for John le Carre, who has now written a fascinating book derived from two of his earlier George Smiley novels, “The Spy Who Came in from the Cold” and “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.” Smiley merely plays a background role in “Legacy.” Instead, Peter Guillam, his disciple, who retired from the Circus (the British Secret Service) to the family farmstead in southern France, plays a central part in the story. Peter receives a letter summoning him to London where he is instructed to review files and interrogated about an operation during the Cold War in which an operative and a source were killed. It would appear that a potential parliamentary inquiry or even a civil action blaming Peter and others for the deaths and seeking monetary damages, brought by the offspring of the two unfortunate victims, is possible. As Peter reviews the material, le Carre recreates the times and travails of the period, as we relive through the actions of the characters conditions in East Berlin and the spy craft during the Cold War. It is history recreated with all the tensions of the period, excellently written with humor and panache. Recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago