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The Spy Who Came In From The Cold by John le Carré
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Apr 18, 2012

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Read in November, 2011

This is a depressing book. It focuses on Alec Leamas, who runs the British spy network in Berlin till Hans Dieter Mundt effectively wipes it out.

Heading back to London, he's convinced he's going to be sacked till he discovers that Control has one last job before he's "brought in from the cold," but will this last "Hail Mary" play work, or will Leamas die in the process?

Like the 2 other Le Carre books I've read, I found this book depressing. It focuses on what I imagine real "in the field" spy work is like. There's no James Bond here. Instead there are incomplete people with screwed up emotions who have real difficulty finding themselves when they leave "the service." If you can enjoy that sort of thing, you'll like this book. Otherwise, look elsewhere!

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