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The Spy Who Came in From the Cold
Title: The Spy Who Came in From the Cold
Author: John le Carre
Alec Leamas, a British agent in early Cold War Berlin, is given an assignment: play the part of a disgraced agent, a sodden failure everybody whispers about. The political chessboard is black and white, but in human terms the vicinity of the Berlin Wall is a moral no-man’s land, a gray abyss patrolled by pawns.
A new hardcover edition of the book Graham Greene called “the best spy story I have ever read.”
On its publication in 1964, John le Carré’s The Spy Who Came in From the Cold forever changed the landscape of spy fiction. Le Carré combined the inside knowledge of his years in British intelligence with the skills of the best novelists to produce a story as taut as it is twisting, unlike any previously experienced, which transports anyone who reads it back to the shadowy years in the early 1960s, when the Berlin Wall went up and the Cold War came to life.
The Spy Who Came in From the Cold was hailed as a classic as soon as it was published, and it remains one today.