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The Spy Who Came in from the Cold by John le Carré
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Aug 20, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: spy-fiction, adventure-fiction
Read from January 11 to 16, 2016

This is one of those books that has been on my reading list for a long time. It has been recommended to me time and again by many different sources. I finally decided to pick it up, and I am glad I did.

This is more of a mystery novel than your action/adventure spy novels (e.g. Bourne). This is more of an intellectual thriller, if you will. There are so many events going on, both during the book and prior, that you the reader are trying to make sense of. Every bit of information you receive has to be viewed through the filter of the character giving it. That is, you have to understand the situations and motivations of the characters to try to understand what is really going on. Up until the last few chapters, you never really understand who is doing what to whom and what the overall game is. That is what I think makes this book worth 5 stars.
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