John le Carré novels

Call for the Dead (1961)

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My rating: ★★★★☆

A suspected suicide of a Foreign Office civil servant leads to the intelligence officer George Smiley to meet his grieving wife. Whilst at their suburban home a curious phone call, requested the previous day by the dead man, awakens suspicion of foul play which kicks start Smiley’s murder investigation in John le Carré’s first novel.

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A Murder of Quality (1962)

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My rating: ★★★☆☆

A strange letter, penned under the fear of death, from the wife of a teacher at a prestigious English private school find its way to the editor of a weekly magazine in London. When this wife is then found brutally murdered, rocking the ancient school and town of Carne, the editor enlists her old friend, George Smiley, to investigate.

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A Small Town in Germany (1968)

My rating: ★★★★☆

A junior staff member of the British Embassy in West Germany, along with a host of it’s most sensitive documents, goes missing. In a dangerous political situation London sends their man to search for the missing staff member and files. This febrile story sees a dark past and dangerous future collide in Cold War Germany.

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The Night Manager (1993)

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My rating: ★★★★★

The book behind the recent hit TV series sees Jonathan Pine, a night manger of luxurious hotels, become involved in the dangerous underworld of the illegal arms trade. After losing the woman he loves Pine is given the mission to bring down “the worst man in the world” who was indirectly responsible; the fabulously wealthy arms dealer Richard Roper.

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Our Game (1995)

our-gameMy rating: ★★★

Tim Cranmer’s life, of an idyllic retirement winemaking in Somerset, is turned upside down when the love of his life and a spy who he used to ‘run’ in the Cold War disappear. Cranmer’s search for them becomes increasingly desperate and drawn into the dangerous nationalist politics of post-Soviet Russia and the Caucasus.

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The Mission Song (2006)

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My rating: ★★★★☆

An interpreter of the indigenous languages of Eastern Congo, Bruno Salvador, is recruited to facilitate a meeting of the various warring camps in the region. However, whilst eaves dropping, Salvador hears troubling plans which tears him between his dual loyalties to his African homeland and the British intelligence he proudly serves.

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Our Kind of Traitor (2010)

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My rating: ★★★☆☆

Whilst on holiday, a young British couple meet a charismatic Russian and quickly befriend him and his family. However his intention to reach out to British intelligence leads them into a dark world of industrial scale money laundering involving the Russian mob, Swiss banks and prominent members of the British establishment.

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A Delicate Truth (2013)

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My rating: ★★★★☆

A charismatic Government minister recruits a civil servant to be his eyes and ears for a covert operation in Gibraltar named Wildfire. After apparent success & a brief interlude, a new Private Secretary, Toby Bell, to the same Government minister becomes suspicious of his master’s secretive associations with private security firms. Gradually, Toby is drawn into a plot to uncover the truth behind Wildfire and what really happened on the Rock of Gibraltar.

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