Cyber espionage pervades the news, and with the current political climate in Russia, along with rumors of Edward Snowden floating around, now is the perfect time to reread my favorite Cold War spy novel. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy features the memorable and complex master spy George Smiley. The ex-British Intelligence Officer is called out of retirement to re-enter a compelling game of spy versus spy to identify the mole in the British Intelligence elite who has compromised and crippled the agency. Once again, he matches wits with his nemesis, Moscow Centre's Karla, who has bested Smiley and considers the game won. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is the first book in the Karla Trilogy, also known as The Quest for Karla. the trilogy presents a most satisfying game of mental chess, played for high stakes in the international arena. You'll want to continue George Smiley's pursuit of Karla with the books that follow, The Honourable Schoolboy and Smiley's People.
Featuring George Smiley, this New York Times bestseller is the first installment in John le Carr's acclaimed Karla Trilogy. From the author of A Delicate Truth and The Spy Who Came in from the Cold. The man he knew as "Control" is dead, and the young Turks who forced him out now run the Circus. But George Smiley isn't quite ready for retirement?especially when a pretty, would-be defector surfaces with a shocking accusation: a Soviet mole has penetrated the highest level of British Intelligence. Relying only on his wits and a small, loyal cadre, Smiley recognizes the hand of Karla?his Moscow Centre nemesis?and sets a trap to catch the traitor. The Oscar-nominated feature film adaptation of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is directed by Tomas Alfredson (Let the Right One In) and features Gary Oldman as Smiley, Academy Award winner Colin Firth (The King's Speech), and Tom Hardy (Inception). With an introduction by the author.