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His writing style hasn't firmed up, so it's not tinker/tailor/smiley's people quality, but it's still damned good, and a pleasa...  Read More

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It's twisty but comprehensible, a great gateway book for the hesitant, like me.

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I most recently read the last smiley book and now, perhaps i’ll fill in the gaps.

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  • This product had a total of 3,489 reviews as of our last analysis date on Sep 8 2021.
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Well written and a great spy/mystery story. I have liked all of the Le Carre books I’ve and this was his first!


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    Posted by a reviewer on Amazon

    This is the first one, and in its way, describes how smiley sees people and their circumstances.


    Posted by a reviewer on Amazon

    You get to meet peter guillam and mendel for the first time, though not the lady ann.


    Posted by a reviewer on Amazon

    The plotting is convoluted but pretty tight.


    Posted by a reviewer on Amazon

    This first novel written by john le carre is also the first of many george smiley novels.


    Posted by a reviewer on Amazon

    Plus it's the first, which is intriguing when one has read only later le carre.


    Posted by a reviewer on Amazon

    I won't say it's predictable, but you get the idea whodunit about halfway through the book.


    Posted by a reviewer on Amazon

    Sad to have not discovered the author's work prior to his passing.


    Posted by a reviewer on Amazon

    The book is really as much murder mystery as it is spy novel.

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