John Le Carré has done it again, proved that the Cold War still exists and that it can still be a best seller provided the formula is repeated and the fiction is ongoing. His man in London,spy chief George Smiley, is back, picking up where he left off in Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (1974), sitting in the shambles left by a double agent, ready to rebuild the Secret Service. Smiley’s man in the field—Hong Kong and points East—is the gentleman of the title who activates the plot. Post Watergate, the book seems pat and windy, engorged with description, perversely mysterious and oblique. But for those who like their world both suspenseful and safe for democracy here is a nasty, brutish albeit titillating adventure
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