A LEGACY OF SPIES
Viking to Publish John le Carré’s New Novel A LEGACY OF SPIES
March 7, 2017
Viking is delighted to announce the publication of a new novel by John le Carré, A LEGACY OF SPIES. The book is set to be published on September 5th, 2017.
This is the first novel in over twenty-five years to feature George Smiley, le Carré’s most beloved character. Peter Guillam, staunch colleagueexpand
and disciple of George Smiley of the British Secret Service, otherwise known as the Circus, is living out his old age on the family farmstead on the south coast of Brittany when a letter from his old Service summons him to London. The reason? His Cold War past has come back to claim him. Intelligence operations that were once the toast of secret London, and involved such characters as Alec Leamas, Jim Prideaux, George Smiley and Peter Guillam himself, are to be scrutinised under disturbing criteria by a generation with no memory of the Cold War and no patience with its justifications. [caption id="attachment_5383" align="alignright" width="232"] John le Carré. Photo by Nadav Kandar[/caption] Interweaving past with present so that each may tell its own intense story, John le Carré has spun a single plot as ingenious and thrilling as the two predecessors on which it looks back: THE SPY WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD and TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY. In a story resonating with tension, humor and moral ambivalence, le Carré and his narrator Peter Guillam present the reader with a legacy of unforgettable characters old and new. For more than fifty years John le Carré has written novels that have come to define our age, from his extraordinary Cold War novels to his powerful depiction of the War on Terror in his most recent novel, A DELICATE TRUTH.