The Spy Who Came in From the Cold

Le Carre, John.  The Spy Who Came In From the Cold.  New York: Coward-McCann, Inc., 1963. Alec Leamus has been a British Cold War secret agent for too long.  Upon the death of a fellow spy, the Agency decides to pull him out of the field.  But is this a forced retirement for Alec or an elaborate new mission?  Le Carre's disaffected narration leaves the reader guessing as to Alec's true motives, and to the Agency's real plans--and to whether they are in concert or conflict.  Full of twists and turns, Spy paints a slow motion game of deceptions, defections, and death played out with peoples' lives and "justified" by Cold War ideologies.