Friday, September 28, 2012

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold

The Spy Who Came in From the Cold (George Smiley #3)The Spy Who Came in From the Cold by John le Carré
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is Le Carre's third book and the one where he hits his stride as the one of the best spy novelists. He said it this book came to him in three weeks and it shows: it is tight, full of suspense, and inspired. Loved it.

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Thursday, September 27, 2012

A Murder of Quality

A Murder of Quality (George Smiley, #2)A Murder of Quality by John le Carré
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is one Le Carre novel that is a straight up mystery and not a spy novel. It has lots of twists and turns and no one seems to be who you think...very well written. But I have to admit I missed the mystic of the spy genre.

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Call for the Dead

Call for the Dead (George Smiley, #1)Call for the Dead by John le Carré
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is Le Carre's first book, where we are introduced to George Smiley and Peter Guillium. Smiley is called to investigate a murder, and it is a decent murder mystery. It feels like Agatha Christie wrote a spy novel, but it is a good place to start with George. Unlike some of his later novels, Carre spells out the evidence and conclusions (almost painfully) so that the reader doesn't miss a thing. It was an enjoyable read and a good beginning for things to come.

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