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    Call for the Dead by John le Carré

George Smiley is no one's idea of a spy--which is perhaps why he's such a natural. But Smiley apparently made a mistake. After a routine security interview, he concluded that the affable Samuel Fennan had nothing to hide. Why, then, did the man from the Foreign Office shoot himself in the head only hours later? Or did he?

Year: 1961
Genre: EspionageMurder Mystery

    A Murder of Quality by John le Carré

Miss Ailsa Brimley is in a quandary. She's received a peculiar letter from Mrs. Stella Rode, saying that she fears her husband--an assistant master at Carne School--is trying to kill her. Reluctant to go to the police, Miss Brimley calls upon her old wartime colleague, George Smiley. Unfortunately, it's too late. Mrs. Rode has just been murdered. As Smiley takes up the investigation, he realizes that in life--as in espionage--nothing is quite what it appears.

Year: 1962
Genre: Murder Mystery

    The Spy Who Came in from the Cold by John le Carré

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.

Year: 1963
Genre: Cold WarEspionage

    The Looking Glass War by John le Carré

It would have been an easy job for the Circus: a can of film couriered from Helsinki to London. In the past the Circus handled all things political, while the Department dealt with matters military. Now, one of their agents is dead, and vital evidence verifying the presence of Soviet missiles near the West German border is gone. John Avery is the Department's younger member and its last hope. Avery must infiltrate the East and restore his masters' former glory.

Year: 1965
Genre: Cold War

    Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John le Carré

The man he knew as "Control" is dead, and the young Turks who forced him out now run the Circus. But George Smiley isn't quite ready for retirement--especially when a pretty, would-be defector surfaces with a shocking accusation: a Soviet mole has penetrated the highest level of British Intelligence. Relying only on his wits and a small, loyal cadre, Smiley recognizes the hand of Karla--his Moscow Centre nemesis--and sets a trap to catch the traitor.

Year: 1974
Genre: Cold War

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1961Call for the Dead by John le Carré
1962A Murder of Quality by John le Carré
1963The Spy Who Came in from the Cold by John le Carré
1965The Looking Glass War by John le Carré
1974Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John le Carré
1977The Honourable Schoolboy by John le Carré
1979Smiley's People by John le Carré
1990The Secret Pilgrim by John le Carré
2017A Legacy of Spies by John le Carré





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