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.