The Spy Who Came in from the Cold by John Le Carré
Recommended by Lucas Thoma
Library Technician, Encinitas Branch
In this, John Le Carré’s third book, we get a taste of what soon became his signature style. It’s a riveting Cold War thriller pitting an aging, but capable, field operative Alec Leamas against the coldly sinister head of the East German Intelligence services, Hans-Dieter Mundt. After Leamas’ last agent is burned by Mundt, he is recalled to the Circus in disgrace. But appearances are not what they seem, as Leamas and the ever inquisitive George Smiley hatch a scheme to flush out the mole and bring down Mundt for good. Le Carré captures the bleak and lonely feelings of being “out in the cold” while still giving the reader glimmers of warm humanity. Spy is littered with twists that are bound to surprise even the most jaded of suspense fans, making this a must read.