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Le Carré beats most spy writers for two reasons. First, he knows what he's talking about, since he raced around working for British Intelligence while the Wall went up. He's familiar with spycraft's fascinations, but also with the fact that it leaves ideals shaken and emotions stirred. Second, his literary tone has deep autobiographical roots. Spying is about betrayal, and Le Carré was abandoned by his mother and betrayed by his father, a notorious con man. (They figure heavily in his novels Single & Single and A Perfect Spy.) In a world of lies, Le Carré writes the bitter truth: it's every man for himself. And may the best mask win. --Tim Appelo --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
I first read this book soon after it was published 50 years ago. I was nine years old. My mother had introduced me to Le Carre's world of intrigue. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Jim Ross
Definetly enjoying a complicated novel with simple setting, and getting my feet wet with Carre.
This book will definetly carry me on to others of his, and I may not yet fully... Read more
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I didn't actually read the book, but I listened to an audio version. This is one of the best spy novels ever. It takes time to build, but the ending is shattering. Read morePublished on April 6 2004 by Burke Kappler
Le Carre is the master. I know his new book is out, but this is still a classic.Published on Feb. 16 2004 by 2wsxWSX
I found this to be a slightly entertaining spy novel; I don't think it is anywhere close to justifying the superlative reviews that have been ladled on it, both on this website and... Read morePublished on Jan. 19 2004 by J. Mueller
This is the finest, and from what I can gather, most accurate and detailed fictional account of a spy during the Cold War that is available. Read morePublished on July 26 2003 by R Hubbell
John Le Carre's masterful novel, The Spy Who Came In From The Cold, has all the elements one could ever want from a great spy story. Read morePublished on Oct. 27 2002 by cgj