Monday, December 14, 2020

John le Carré

John le Carré wasn't actually a British spy. 

Or maybe he was. I've seen good cases made for both sides. He certainly worked for British intelligence--there's no disputing that--but his role is unclear.

What cannot be disputed, though, is that he wrote cracking good spy novels. 

As someone who has a deep affection for espionage in general, both fiction and non-fiction (Ben Macintyre, in particular), I've always enjoyed le Carré's novels, but my favorite is one that is generally not mentioned as his best. 

My favorite is The Spy Who Came In From The Cold. It is entirely gripping, and that slow feeling of dread growing on you is absolutely unforgettable. 

If you're wondering what he's about, you might try that one. It will leave quite an impression. 

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