A Perfect Spy

Paperback | August 27, 2013

byJohn Le Carré

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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.

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  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 disapp...

John le Carré was born in 1931. His third novel, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, secured him a worldwide 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, ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:624 pages, 8.24 × 5.26 × 1.55 inPublished:August 27, 2013Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0143189921

ISBN - 13:9780143189923

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic I was completely enthralled throughout the novel, and the sense of melancholy throughout the book is so powerful. Le Carre's writing is once again beautifully constructed, as we follow Magnus Pym throughout the course of his life, we are allowed a glimpse inside the mind of a character that is so real and human and broken. Definitely worth the read.
Date published: 2016-11-17

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Editorial Reviews

"Le Carré’s 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 Carré’s best book, one of the enduring peaks of imaginative literature in our time." - Los Angeles Times