A Le­gacy of Spies

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - Staying In -

John Le Carre

Vik­ing. Out now

A new Le Carre al­ways causes a buzz, and this el­e­gant story de­serves quite a fan­fare. Our nar­ra­tor is Peter Guil­lam, an el­derly agent en­joy­ing re­tire­ment in France, who is sum­moned back to Lon­don, where as the forced guest of a ser­vice he finds much changed, he’s in­ter­ro­gated about an op­er­a­tion from the 1950s that had fa­tal con­se­quences. The nar­ra­tive weaves be­tween the two eras, lend­ing it a melan­choly flavour. But ra­zor sharp in­sight from the bat­tleweary Peter and fas­ci­nat­ing glimpses into the murky spy­craft of the height of the Cold War only add to the joy of this sub­lime thriller. DEIRDRE O’BRIEN

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