The Spy Who Came in From the Cold (Hardcover)
The 50th-anniversary edition of the bestselling novel that launched John le Carré’s career worldwide
From the New York Times bestselling author of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy; Our Kind of Traitor; and The Night Manager.
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. In the background is George Smiley, ready to make the game play out just as Control wants.
Setting a standard that has never been surpassed, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold is a devastating tale of duplicity and espionage, and an absolute must-read for any fan.
About the Author
John le Carré was born in 1931 in Poole, England. His celebrated espionage novels include Call for the Dead; Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy; A Small Town in Germany; Smiley’s People; The Tailor of Panama; The Constant Gardener; and Absolute Friends.
“Superbly constructed, with an atmosphere of chilly hell.” —J. B. Priestley
“Le Carré is simply the world's greatest fictional spymaster.” —Newsweek
"The best spy story I have ever read." —Graham Greene
"First-rate and tremendously exciting." —Daphne du Maurier
"Le Carré is one of the best novelists—of any kind—we have." —Vanity Fair
"Written…with a pitiless, elegant clarity. The Spy who Came in from the Cold is a first-rate thriller and more." —Time