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A Legacy of Spies

Le Carré incorporates many layers of meaning and numerous memorable characters into this intense story that pulses with tension, humor, and moral ambivalence. Smiley fans will be lining up for this one. [See Prepub Alert, 3/8/17.]

The Pigeon Tunnel: Stories from My Life

Highly recommended for readers interested in the history and evolution of the spy trade and political intrigue from a participant's perspective; le Carré's voice still resonates. [See Prepub Alert, 3/28/16.]

The Looking Glass War

Highly recommended.

A Delicate Truth

This is a guaranteed hair-raising cerebral fright, especially for anyone who enjoyed Robert Harris's The Ghost or who just knows his or her email account has been hacked. [See Prepub Alert, 11/12/12.]

Call for the Dead: A George Smiley Novel

Because this tight, spellbinding thriller eschews the labyrinthine duplicities of later novels, while tackling the same themes, it serves as an excellent entrée to le Carré's world.

A Murder of Quality

As close to a cozy as le Carré gets, this title offers twists, turns, and dead ends aplenty that will keep listeners on the edge of their seats until the very last word. Mystery fans and even those expecting a spy story will be charmed. Solid all around and perfect commuter fare.

The Secret Pilgrim

The anecdotal, episodic nature of the tale makes it easier to follow than some of le Carré's labyrinthine novels.

The Honourable Schoolboy

This title is crammed with eccentrics whose bumbling exploits are perfect for Michael Jayston's delivery, which is full of ironic inflections. Another outstanding production of a le Carré masterpiece. [The Knopf hc was a New York Times best seller.—Ed.]

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