A Legacy of Spies

Irish Independent - Weekend Review - - FRONT PAGE -

John le Carré

Pen­guin, 368 pages, €10

There was huge ex­cite­ment among the spy novelist’s fans when he an­nounced that his most fa­mous cre­ation — Ge­orge Smi­ley, the hero of books start­ing with Tin­ker Tai­lor Sol­dier Spy — would be mak­ing a re­turn.

This isn’t quite the novel that Smi­ley afi­ciona­dos might have been ex­pect­ing be­cause he fea­tures only fleet­ingly, but it is a re­minder of le Carré’s mas­tery of the genre. The story looks back to the ac­tion in some of the writer’s most ac­claimed work — in­clud­ing The Spy Who Came in from the Cold — as his pro­tag­o­nist, Peter Guil­lam, is tor­mented by the un­fin­ished busi­ness of the past.

Le Carré said he was mak­ing “the case for Europe” af­ter Brexit when de­cid­ing to write the book.

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