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The Spy Who Came In from the Cold

4 Ratings: 4.5
A book by John le Carre

It would be an international crime to reveal too much of the jeweled clockwork plot of Le Carré's first masterpiece,The Spy Who Came in from the Cold. But we are at liberty to disclose that Graham Greene called it the "finest spy story ever written," … see full wiki

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Author: John le Carre
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers
Publisher: Scribner
2 reviews about The Spy Who Came In from the Cold
review by . February 12, 2008
Terse, short spy turn from the early 60s rooted in the Cold War Spy vs Spy game between East Germany and England. Seemingly casual and off-handed fiction builds tension and momentum to a strong ending, in between laying bare issues of morality and ethics in the war between good and evil, right and wrong, East and West, capitalism vs Communism. Perfectly placed in its time and geography, and as such even more meaningful and important as the time and place fades from living memory.
review by . September 05, 2009
While I'm still at the beginning of John le Carre's bibliography, I'm still amazed at how he can write a complete novel yet still keep the page count down. It's so different than today's 400 page doorstops that could stand a fair amount of trimming. The Spy Who Came In From The Cold is a tightly woven espionage story from the Cold War days, and le Carre keeps the twists and turns coming at a non-stop pace.    The story revolves around a burned out British spymaster, Leamas, who …
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