Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (George Smiley Series)

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (George Smiley Series)

by John le Carré
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Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (George Smiley Series) by John le Carré

John le Carré's classic novels deftly navigate readers through the intricate shadow worlds of international espionage with unsurpassed skill and knowledge and have earned him -- and his hero, British Secret Service agent George Smiley -- unprecedented worldwide acclaim.

A modern masterpiece in which le Carré expertly creates a total vision of a secret world, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy begins George Smiley's chess match of wills and wits with Karla, his Soviet counterpart.

It is now beyond doubt that a mole, implanted decades ago by Moscow Centre, has burrowed his way into the highest echelons of British Intelligence. His treachery has already blown some of its most vital operations and its best networks. It is clear that the double agent is one of its own kind. But which one? George Smiley is assigned to identify him. And once identified, the traitor must be destroyed.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780743457903
Publisher: Scribner
Publication date: 10/01/2002
Series: George Smiley Series , #5
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

New York Times bestselling 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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Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 182 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
George Smiley and Control,the head of the Circus, have been disgraced and removed from Her Majesty's Secret Sercvice (A.K.A. The Circus)With a new group of bright young men running the operation, the quality of the Circus's product (Secret Information) has never been better or more consistent. But maybe that's the problem. Is the Circus's product just a little too good to be true? Information sufaces from a renegade Circus agent in Hong Kong that causes the very highest man of the Secret Service to look over his shoulder for fear of a mole. (A mole is a double agent planted deep in Circus's fabric by the Soviet Union.) George Smiley is called back from his forced retirement to root out the mole. You can't put the book down until you have reached the last page.
rdbks More than 1 year ago
I decided to reread this thriller because of the new movie version. I found the book as thrilling as the first time I read it. And I was glad I had reread it as it helped the movie make sense to me (and my friends whom having not read the book, needed some gaps filled in).
Ragu More than 1 year ago
I’ve only ever read one book from John le Carre before, and it’s entirely possible that The Mission Song is not representative of the rest of the author’s writing, but I was not expecting this book to be as good as it was. The skill with which Mr. le Carre worked this story into being is nothing short of amazing. The entire book feels like it was one big crescendo, building anticipation and constantly working toward a closing note that sounds resiliently. This is a book that I’ll definitely be suggesting to customers when they come in asking for a book to read, and I’ll also be seeking out some other books written by John le Carre. 4/5
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was an absolutely marvelous book. Intriguing and clever, Le Carre deftly takes you through the role of George Smiley and the mysterious Karla. More twists than a roller coaster, it never gets boring. This is one book that should be preserved through history.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Highly recommend reading or rereading this absorbing trio of books: Tinker Taylor, The Honorable Schoolboy, and Smiley's People. These books offer insight into the Cold War period, particularly because they were written during the 1970s, only a decade or so before the fall of the Soviet Union and the toppling of the Berlin Wall. George Smiley and team are an engaging, if somewhat enigmatic group, and the complexity of the plots are quite enjoyable.
Arctic-Stranger More than 1 year ago
I first read this book in the 1980s, and enjoyed it immensely then. I just saw the recent movie, and went back to reread it, and was pleased to see it was as good as I remembered. LeCarre is the antidote to Ian Fleming. His characters are plodding, methodical but every bit as competent at what they do as the glitzy Mr. Bond. This is not an action novel, but it is a wonderful read.
SeamusRyan More than 1 year ago
Le Carre amazes me with how he develops and integrates his characters. He not only writes about the spy story but covers each of his characters with a very human brush. If one has ever followed the machinations of the Cold War this is a very real picture.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fantastic book. Great characters, lot of tension, and wonderful twists. Le Carre is a master storyteller.
lacb More than 1 year ago
it was one of the best spy books that i have read.
SgtWalt More than 1 year ago
The book is set to correspond with the Kim Philby affair in Great Britian. Although fiction, there are a great many paralles as to how Philby might have been caught. It is a good book for any one who likes spy thrillersd.
Manmage More than 1 year ago
Thick plot, slow paced. Could get confusing with the story line switching back and forth in time, but that keeps the suspense and makes the plot a jigsaw puzzle. The ending however is abrupt.
ft14051 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed every morsel as I read them. Can't wait to read more Le Carre.
Anonymous 3 months ago
As good as they say.
Anonymous 4 months ago
A classic. What more can I say!
glauver 7 months ago
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is the first book of what became known as the Karla trilogy. George Smiley is called out of forced retirement to find a mole in the Circus, the name John le Carre' gave to the British Secret Service. Here is where le Carre turned the spy thriller into something approaching classic English literature. Theses spies are not heroic James Bond figures, but tawdry scheming bureaucrats or pathetic betrayed victims of secret wars no one knows about. Smiley himself is no shining knight but a fat middle-aged ex agent with a straying wife. There are no gunfights, just Smiley's dogged pursuit of a traitor known only as Gerald and Karla, the Russian spymaster who runs him. I have read it four or five times over the years and think it is the best of the trilogy. After the Cold War le Carre and his espionage tales seemed like period pieces, but in 2017, when the loyalty of Donald Trump is in doubt as he hobnobs with the Russians and sneers at his own intelligence agencies, they have a chilling relevance.
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