Reviewsday: The Spy Who Came In From The Cold

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John Le Carre's third novel, and the one which first put his name onto the lips of literary circles, is a cold, grey spy thriller which has well-earned its place on the 'classics' shelf. Set during the Cold War, in a world before the assassination of JFK and the fall of the Berlin Wall, British Agent Alec Leamas has just watched the last surviving agent under his command be shot on his doorstep.

Recalled to London, Leamas is anticipating retirement, and is surprised to learn that Command has a different idea entirely: revenge. Leamas is given the opportunity to go undercover and bring down the man behind these killings, the ruthless and elusive Mundt, the Head of East German Intelligence. Here ensues a long con, as Leamas throws himself in deep cover, and commits to the role of a burnt out, alcoholic, disgraced former Agent. But will the Germans take the bait?

The Spy Who Came In From The Cold thrusts the reader into a world of suspense, intrigue, romance, and cold-blooded deception. With devastating plot twists and a cold, hard heart, this is spy drama at its greatest.