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The Looking Glass War by John le Carré
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Feb 05, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: read-2011
Read in February, 2011

** spoiler alert ** Decent read. A little scattered and slow, except toward the end. As always, good character development and very little fluff. An outdated department of the British intelligence community, apparently a holdover from WWII, comes into some information from an agent about a possible Russian missile site in East Germany. Desperate to be relevant again, the department formulates a grand operation that is facilitated by the new, established foreign intelligence service (probably MI6). I can’t say for sure, but the facilitation all may have been a ruse to drive the final nail in the coffin of the outdated department’s autonomy. The mission ends with the agent, Leiser, abandoned and a cover story formulated to clean up any diplomatic details. Leiser, however, takes actions once in East Germany that seem to imply that he was ready to be caught. He was a former agent in WWII who got caught once before. Perhaps it was just too hard for him to move into a regular sort of life and this was his way to end it.

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