Sunday, August 16, 2020

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold

The Spy Who Came In from the ColdThe Spy Who Came In from the Cold 
by John le Carré
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a dark book and it maintains a constant feel of tension and danger (sometimes lurking, sometimes very active). It is very well done, however, and despite the pervasive sense of dread I had to keep turning pages (so to speak--I listened to it) to see what would happen. The story takes place during the Cold War, shortly after the Berlin Wall was built, and the action is mostly in Berlin and London. The opening scene is very cinematic and sets the tone of the book immediately. 
Le Carre's first novel, Call for the Dead, includes Hans-Dieter Mundt, an assassin working for the East German Secret Service. In this novel Alec Leamus, head of the British intelligence office in West Berlin, has just been recalled to London after the death of his last double-agent. He is ready to "come in from the cold" (get out of the spy business) but he is sent out on a final assignment to take down Mundt. This novel is the story of that job. 
This is one of the titles from my Classics Club list

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