A Legacy of Spies

A Legacy of Spies

Large Print - 2017
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Peter Guillam, staunch colleague and disciple of George Smiley of the British Secret Service, otherwise known as the Circus, is living out his old age on the family farmstead on the south coast of Brittany when a letter from his old Service summons him to London. The reason? His Cold War past has come back to claim him. 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 scrutinised under disturbing criteria by a generation with no memory of the Cold War and no patience with its justifications.
Publisher: [New York] : Random House Large Print, [2017]
Edition: First large print edition
ISBN: 9780525501305
0525501304
Characteristics: 385 pages (large print) ; 24 cm
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DPLjennyp Dec 12, 2017

Good for die-hard Smiley fans, but I found they mystery/suspense element didn't shine as brightly as LeCarre's classics.


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t_naciuk
Feb 21, 2018

One of the most accessible le Carre reads! He draws the reader in to good and bad relations between characters, thankfully keeping the cast to a manageable number.

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dirtbag
Jan 31, 2018

There is no one who is as good a writer as this guy. This is a must read.

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EmilyEm
Dec 27, 2017

Book continues the George Smiley canon with Peter Guillam as this book’s central character. Must have read ‘Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy’ and ‘The Spy who Came in from the Cold’ first.

An intriguing spy story that’s just a bit bogged down by all the old files Peter must peruse. Had a bit of the feel of a swan song as these characters have all gotten older. Hope not.

DPLjennyp Dec 12, 2017

Good for die-hard Smiley fans, but I found they mystery/suspense element didn't shine as brightly as LeCarre's classics.

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talk2terih
Oct 22, 2017

Wonderful fun revisiting the inimitable George Smiley and the twisty, turny, slippery slope that was British Cold War spycraft. But above and beyond that, this book is a thoughtful study on the evolution (or devolution) of spycraft. We have always been impressed by Le Carre's knowledge of Cold War spycraft, but in this book he shows us how well he grasps its modern equivalent. This may not be the best book to introduce yourself to this author, but to those of us familiar with both Le Carre's style and his classic characters, this book is a true delight.

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jefralick
Oct 11, 2017

Five stars. Convoluted LeCarie plot, obscure/arcane vocabulary and pretentious British attitude. It couldn't be better.

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Missclimpson
Oct 01, 2017

Disappointing. Too talky and too little action.

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tjdickey
Oct 01, 2017

Fans of George Smiley, rejoice!
John Le Carré returns to some of his best-known characters after a long hiatus, as the fallout from a very cold case (and the offspring of a very cold spy) arise from the embers. Now, in the days of enhanced interrogation and potential abuse of national security, new revelations threaten the integrity of the Service to which Smiley's one-time protégé Peter Guillam devoted his life, and perhaps even Guillam himself. A case that was the prequel to "The Spy Who Came in from the Cold" (and tinged with the claustrophobic tension of "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy") unravels before our eyes, and Le Carré as always is asking what human price is too much to pay for intelligence.

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harrissusanc
Sep 23, 2017

Peter Guillam has to answer for Smiley in Parliament’s investigation of
a Cold War Op and the death of two of its agents, and takes you in on a trove of records, memories and heartbreaks. Some getting used to the old Smiley jargon and the new pastiche, but the master doesn’t betray.

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jhinchcliffe
Sep 16, 2017

Don't bother! Boring and pretentious. A waste of good paper.

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