Smiley's People, Paperback
4 out of 5 (3 ratings)


The murdered man had been an agent - once, long ago.

But George Smiley's superiors at the Secret Service want to see the crime buried, not solved.

Smiley will not leave it at that, not when might lead him all the way to Karla, the elusive Soviet spymaster ...Smiley's People is a thrilling confrontation between one of the most famous spies in all fiction and his Cold War rival, Karla.

Like Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and The Honourable Schoolboy, it is as tense and unforgettable as only le Carre's novels can be.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Espionage & spy thriller
  • ISBN: 9780340993781



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The final book in the Karla trilogy. What has got the Estonian emigre group in London in turmoil? Why has Karla been trying to create a legend for a girl? Smiley's final campaign against the elusive Karla definitely perked me up after the struggle I had reading "The Honourable Schoolboy".

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Much better than the Honourable Schoolboy, but let down by the ending and Karla's weakness which doesn't seem that comprimising.

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This is the second John Le Carré book I've read. I found the first three quarters of the book gripping, but then the action moved to Switzerland and time seemed to stand still. It felt like it took forever for anything to happen. Perhaps that's what espionage is like - loads of action, and then loads of planning and waiting, and then a fairly flat conclusion.

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