The man he knew as “Control” is dead, and the young Turks who forced him out now run the Circus. But George Smiley isn’t quite ready for retirement—especially when a pretty, would-be defector surfaces with a shocking accusation: a Soviet mole has penetrated the highest level of British Intelligence. Relying only on his wits and a small, loyal cadre, Smiley traces the breach back to Karla—his Moscow Centre nemesis—and sets a trap to catch the traitor.
The first novel in John le Carré’s celebrated Karla trilogy, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is a heart-stopping tale of international intrigue.
“The premier spy novelist of his time. Perhaps of all time.” —Time
“John le Carré is the great master of the spy story . . .the constant flow of emotion lifts him not only above all modern suspense novelists, but above most novelists now practicing.” — Financial Times
“A rattling good novel.” —San Francisco Chronicle
With an Introduction by the Author