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The Looking Glass War
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From theNew York Timesbestsellingauthor ofTinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy;The Spy Who Came in from the Cold; andThe Night Manager, now a television series starring Tom Hiddleston John le Carre s memoir, The Pigeon Tunnel: Stories from My Life, will be available from Viking in September 2016 "You are either good or bad, and both are dangerous." It would have been an easy job for the Circus: a can of film couriered from Helsinki to London. In the past the Circus handled all things political, while the Department dealt with matters military. But the Department has been moribund since the War, its resources siphoned away. Now, one of their agents is dead, and vital evidence verifying the presence of Soviet missiles near the West German border is gone. John Avery is the Department's younger member and its last hope. Charged with handling Fred Leiser, a German-speaking Pole left over from the War, Avery must infiltrate the East and restore his masters' former glory.John le Carre'sThe Looking Glass Waris a scorching portrayal of misplaced loyalties and innocence lost. With an introduction by the author."
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New York Times bestselling author John le Carr� (A Delicate Truth and Spy Who Came in from the Cold) was born in 1931 and attended the universities of Bern and Oxford. He taught at Eton and served briefly in British Intelligence during the Cold War. For the last fifty years he has lived by his pen. He divides his time between London and Cornwall

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"A book of rare and great power."--Financial Times -- Financial Times (U.K.) "A bitter, bleak, superlatively written novel."--Publishers Weekly -- Publishers Weekly

This 1965 novel is one of le Carre's finest early works. When a bumbling British spy agency learns that the Soviets may have placed missiles in East Germany near the West German border, a Polish agent who was valuable during World War II is reactivated and sent on an ill-defined mission. With its emphasis less on espionage than on bureaucratic dissension, this title prefigures Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. The best scenes are the few featuring George Smiley, le Carre's greatest creation, who views the events from afar with weary resignation. As always, Michael Jayston gives a masterly reading, slowing his cadences to underscore the humanity of the characters. VERDICT Highly recommended.-Michael -Adams, CUNY Graduate Ctr., New York (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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