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Legacy (Charles Thoroughgood #2)

3.42  ·  Rating Details ·  55 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
From Alan Judd, winner of the Guardian Fiction Prize for The Devil’s Own Work and author of the acclaimed biography Ford Madox Ford--a mesmerizing tale from the golden age of espionage.

It is the mid-1970s, the height of the Cold War. Charles Thoroughgood, recently discharged from military service, begins, rather comically, his training at MI6. But on one of his first real
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published April 8th 2003 by Knopf (first published 2001)
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Oct 03, 2009 Alan rated it really liked it
We are in John le Carre territory in this Cold War spy story set in 1970s London. Charles Thoroughgood, whose name describes his character, has left the British army and joined the Secret Service as a trainee. By coincidence, a Russian acquaintance from university days shows up as a Soviet diplomat with a weakness for a particular London postitute. Charles is taken out of his training course and told to approach his former classmate. When he does so, the Russian turns the tables on him by ...more
Jun 18, 2014 Corto rated it it was amazing
John Le Carre fans, rejoice. A worthy successor exists. Alan Judd- a former MI6 officer (outed by disgruntled fellow traveler Richard Tomlinson, in his book "The Big Breach") brings us a believable, intricate and compelling espionage story. Fans of spy fiction generally judge a book on how authentic the tradecraft feels and Judd doesn't disapoint. He delivers that aspect with the ease and familiarity of an insider. The main character is Charles Thoroughgood, fresh out of the Army and in training ...more
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Nov 18, 2014 Bob Mobley rated it really liked it
If you enjoy well written "Spy Stories," Alan Judd's book "Legacy" will capture your attention and be a fun read. Well written with a fast moving plot, Judd's book is set at the beginning of the Cold War after World War II. It is an excellent tale of conflicting values within the British Intelligence Community. Alan Judd's understanding of how MI5 and MI6 work together and in competition, brings insights into the complexity of "Human Nature" when intelliegent services are seeking to gain the ...more
Gerald Sinstadt
We are in Le Carre territory, as we were with Uncommon Enemy. This time Alan Judd is concerned with posing moral dilemmas and with portraying the characters who are recruited into the word of espionage. These he does well - Hookey, the Chief, is splendidly drawn and so are the foibles of bureaucracy - but the actual events are less convincing. The need for an open ending so that Charles Thoroughgood can reappear next time has a somewhat arbitrary feel, loos ends left just a little too loose.

Aug 29, 2007 Wendy rated it liked it
Recommends it for: spy fans or Anglophiles
Half spy novel, half psychological exploration of family issues. The spy stuff is all fun - set in the 50s with details on how spies were trained and contacted each other, etc. Has some fun surprises. Full of very British stuff so Anglophiles should enjoy.

Feb 18, 2013 Graham rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an excellent spy thriller, though I'm not sure it's up to the "successor to John le Carre" standard. Good though, with a lot of authentic seeming detail about the bureaucracy of MI6, and interesting and well-drawn characters.
Dec 21, 2012 Ethan rated it liked it
Had some good moments of zippy dialogue, but overall it moved slowly. I should have known, since the book jacket described it as a "historical spy procedural."
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