Synopses & Reviews
"Le Carré's best book, and one of the finest English novels of the twentieth century."
Over the course of his seemingly irreproachable life, Magnus Pym has been all things to all people: a devoted family man, a trusted colleague, a loyal friend- and the perfect spy. But in the wake of his estranged father's death, Magnus vanishes, and the British Secret Service is up in arms. Is it grief, or is the reason for his disappearance more sinister? And who is the mysterious man with the sad moustache who also seems to be looking for Magnus?
In A Perfect Spy, John le Carré has crafted one of his crowning masterpieces, interweaving a moving and unusual coming-of-age story with a morally tangled chronicle of modern espionage.
With an Introduction by the Author
“Le Carrés best book, and one of the finest English novels of the twentieth century.”—Philip Pullman
“The best English novel since the war.”—Philip Roth
“Brilliantly written.”—The Washington Post
“Le Carrés best book, one of the enduring peaks of imaginative literature in our time.”—Los Angeles Times
About the Author
John le Carr��� was born in 1931 and attended the universities of Bern and Oxford. He taught at Eton and served briefly in British Intelligence during the Cold War. His third novel, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, secured him a world wide reputation, which was consolidated by the acclaim for his trilogy Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Honourable Schoolboy and Smiley's People. His recent novels include The Constant Gardener, Absolute Friends, The Mission Song, A Most Wanted Man, and Our Kind of Traitor. He divides his time between London and Cornwall.