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    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

    A Small Town in Germany by John le Carré

The British Embassy in Bonn is up in arms. Her Majesty's financially troubled government is seeking admission to Europe's Common Market just as anti-British factions are rising to power in Germany. Rioters are demanding reunification, and the last thing the Crown can afford is a scandal. Then Leo Harting--an embassy nobody--goes missing with a case full of confidential files. London sends Alan Turner to control the damage, but he soon realizes that neither side really wants Leo found--alive.

Year: 1968
Genre: Cold WarEspionageMissing Person

    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

    The Honourable Schoolboy by John le Carré

The mole has been eliminated, but the damage wrought has brought the British Secret Service to its knees. George Smiley embarks on a campaign to uncover what Moscow Centre most wants to hide. When the trail goes cold at a Hong Kong gold seam, Smiley dispatches Gerald Westerby to shake the money tree. A part-time operative with cover as a philandering journalist, Westerby insinuates himself into a war-torn world where allegiances--and lives--are bought and sold.

Year: 1977
Genre: Cold War

 

 

Got ItWant ItRead ItYearTitle

-- -- --1963 The Spy Who Came in from the Cold   by John le Carré
-- -- --1965 The Looking Glass War   by John le Carré
-- -- --1968 A Small Town in Germany   by John le Carré
-- -- --1974 Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy   by John le Carré
-- -- --1977 The Honourable Schoolboy   by John le Carré
-- -- --1984 The Hunt for Red October   by Tom Clancy
-- -- --1985 Lie Down with Lions   by Ken Follett
-- -- --1988 The Cardinal of the Kremlin   by Tom Clancy
-- -- --1990 The Secret Pilgrim   by John le Carré
-- -- --2002 Red Rabbit   by Tom Clancy
-- -- --2017 A Legacy of Spies   by John le Carré