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Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John le Carre

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John le Carre

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Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John le Carre is a 355-page hardcover published in 1974 by Alfred A. Knopf, New York.  The dust jacket has surface and shelf wear and some tiny closed tears along the edge.  The cover has some discoloration along the spine.  Inside, the pages are clean and unmarked and the binding is solid.  The condition is good.

Book Summary

London.  It has become evident beyond all question that somewhere at the very highest levels of British Intelligence there stands a double agent--a "mole" implanted deep in its fabric, perhaps decades ago, by Moscow Centre.  And it is evident as well that he can only be one of five men--brilliant, complicated men, proven in action, men who have worked closely together through the years, respecting each other, depending on each other, despite abrasive clashes of temperament and painful differences of caste and sensibility, despite the central imperative of their profession to trust no one...

It is George Smiley, one of the five, perhaps the most brilliant and complicated of them all, who is tapped to dig out the mole and destroy him.  "You'll take the job, clean the stables?" the man from Whitehall says to him.  "Go backwards, go forwards, do whatever is necessary?" And so Smiley embarks on his blind night walk, retracing path after path into his own past--its aliases, covers, sleights of hand--burrowing into the dust of unresolved episodes, among them the "mad" twilight of his old chief, Control; the two Czech bullets in Jim Prideaux's back; the dissensions that have torn apart the Circus (as Intelligence Headquarters is ambivalently called); the vagaries of his own so beautiful, so well-connected wife...

ISBN:  0-394-49219-6


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