“A Legacy of Spies”

John le Carré

Has there ever been a spy novelist better than le Carré?  And has there ever been a more engrossing imaginary espionage world than that of the Circus during the Cold War?  In “A Legacy of Spies” le Carré brings back characters from “The Spy Who Came In From The Cold” and, deftly switching from present to past, weaves one of the complex plots he was famous for when writing the Smiley novels.

I have to confess, I’m not sure how much the story of “A Legacy of Spies” is a “retcon” revision of the previous works or whether the revelations are of things he buried in his plot arcs decades ago in anticipation of resurrecting the series someday. But I don’t care — I’ve always thought the that le Carré’s writing was so good that even if (when) I lose track of the intricacies of his plots, I love being immersed in his world.


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