Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Hardcover, 382 pages

Published April 5, 2001 by Hodder & Stoughton Ltd.

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I’ve read most of John le Carré’s books, and this is my second time reading Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. To put it simply, which is difficult to do with a le Carré novel, the story is about the hunt for a Soviet mole who placed very highly in British Intelligence.

Right from the start, I must confess a slight bias against this novel: I don’t like the “whodunit” format. Most writers give us a crime - usually a murder - then they give us several suspects whom the protagonist must investigate, casting equal guilt on all of them, only to have the real villain be someone not even suspected or the suspect with the least obvious motive. This is not that kind of novel.

Nor is it your typical espionage thriller with loads of action and no substance. Where most spy thrillers have two people trying to kill each …

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