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    Call for the Dead by John le Carré

George Smiley is no one's idea of a spy--which is perhaps why he's such a natural. But Smiley apparently made a mistake. After a routine security interview, he concluded that the affable Samuel Fennan had nothing to hide. Why, then, did the man from the Foreign Office shoot himself in the head only hours later? Or did he?

Year: 1961
Genre: EspionageMurder Mystery

    A Murder of Quality by John le Carré

Miss Ailsa Brimley is in a quandary. She's received a peculiar letter from Mrs. Stella Rode, saying that she fears her husband--an assistant master at Carne School--is trying to kill her. Reluctant to go to the police, Miss Brimley calls upon her old wartime colleague, George Smiley. Unfortunately, it's too late. Mrs. Rode has just been murdered. As Smiley takes up the investigation, he realizes that in life--as in espionage--nothing is quite what it appears.

Year: 1962
Genre: Murder Mystery

    The Spy Who Came in from the Cold by John le Carré

In the shadow of the newly erected Berlin Wall, Alec Leamas watches as his last agent is shot dead by East German sentries. For Leamas, the head of Berlin Station, the Cold War is over. As he faces the prospect of retirement or worse--a desk job--Control offers him a unique opportunity for revenge. Assuming the guise of an embittered and dissolute ex-agent, Leamas is set up to trap Mundt, the deputy director of the East German Intelligence Service--with himself as the bait.

Year: 1963
Genre: Cold War Espionage

    The Looking Glass War by John le Carré

It would have been an easy job for the Circus: a can of film couriered from Helsinki to London. In the past the Circus handled all things political, while the Department dealt with matters military. Now, one of their agents is dead, and vital evidence verifying the presence of Soviet missiles near the West German border is gone. John Avery is the Department's younger member and its last hope. Avery must infiltrate the East and restore his masters' former glory.

Year: 1965
Genre: Cold War Espionage

    Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John le Carré

The man he knew as "Control" is dead, and the young Turks who forced him out now run the Circus. But George Smiley isn't quite ready for retirement--especially when a pretty, would-be defector surfaces with a shocking accusation: a Soviet mole has penetrated the highest level of British Intelligence. Relying only on his wits and a small, loyal cadre, Smiley recognizes the hand of Karla--his Moscow Centre nemesis--and sets a trap to catch the traitor.

Year: 1974
Genre: Cold War Espionage

    The Honourable Schoolboy by John le Carré

The mole has been eliminated, but the damage wrought has brought the British Secret Service to its knees. George Smiley embarks on a campaign to uncover what Moscow Centre most wants to hide. When the trail goes cold at a Hong Kong gold seam, Smiley dispatches Gerald Westerby to shake the money tree. A part-time operative with cover as a philandering journalist, Westerby insinuates himself into a war-torn world where allegiances--and lives--are bought and sold.

Year: 1977
Genre: Cold War

    Smiley's People by John le Carré

No one at the British Secret Service considers the old spy to be anything except a senile has-been who can't give up the game--until he's shot in the face at point-blank range. Although George Smiley is officially retired, he's summoned to identify the body now bearing Moscow Centre's bloody imprimatur. As he works to unearth his friend's fatal secrets, Smiley heads inexorably toward one final reckoning with Karla--his dark "grail."

Year: 1979
Genre: EspionageMurder Mystery

    The Secret Pilgrim by John le Carré

The Cold War is over. The rules of the spying game have changed. But to train new spies for this uncertain future, one must first show them the past. Enter the man called Ned, the loyal and shrewd veteran of the Circus. With the inspiration of his inscrutable mentor George Smiley, Ned thrills all as he recounts forty exhilarating years of Cold War espionage across Europe and the Far East .

Year: 1990
Genre: Cold WarEspionage

    A Legacy of Spies by John le Carré

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. 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.

Year: 2017
Genre: Cold War Espionage


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1961Call for the Dead by John le Carré Murder Mystery, Espionage, George Smiley
1962A Murder of Quality by John le Carré Murder Mystery, George Smiley
1963The Spy Who Came in from the Cold by John le Carré Cold War Espionage, George Smiley
1965The Looking Glass War by John le Carré Cold War Espionage, George Smiley
1974Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John le Carré Cold War Espionage, Karla Trilogy, George Smiley
1977The Honourable Schoolboy by John le Carré Cold War, Karla Trilogy, George Smiley
1979Smiley's People by John le Carré Murder Mystery, Espionage, Karla Trilogy, George Smiley
1990The Secret Pilgrim by John le Carré Cold War, Espionage, George Smiley
2017A Legacy of Spies by John le Carré Cold War Espionage, George Smiley

 

 

 


 

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