Back to the Cold War with Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

by jhoberman.

John le Carré’s Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, the 1974 spy novel generally regarded as the writer’s finest, is predicated on a pair of enigmatic personalities: the colorless bureaucratic master-spook George Smiley and the double agent the Soviets have planted near the top of British intelligence whom Smiley must unmask.

Although not without violence, the novel is essentially a procedural… Read more