The Spy Who Came in from the Cold
A George Smiley Novel
Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (1/18/2012)
Compact Disc (8/6/2009)
Paperback, Chinese (2/5/2020)
Paperback, Chinese (7/30/2014)
Compact Disc (9/1/2009)
Paperback, Spanish (2/4/2014)
Compact Disc (1/26/2012)
The 50th-anniversary edition of the bestselling novel that launched John le Carré’s career worldwide
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.
Praise For The Spy Who Came in from the Cold: A George Smiley Novel…
“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
"Superbly constructed, with an atmosphere of chilly hell" -- J.B. Priestley
"The master storyteller ... has lost none of his cunning" -- A. N. Wilson
"I have re-read The Spy Who Came In From The Cold over and over again since I first encountered it in my teens, just to remind myself how extraordinary a work of fiction can be." ― Malcolm Gladwell
"One of those very rare novels that changes the way you look at the world. Unflinching, highly sophisticated, superb." ― William Boyd
Penguin Books, 9780143124757, 240pp.
Publication Date: September 3, 2013