A Perfect Spy: A Novel (Paperback)

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Forget everything you (think you) know about John le Carre, except that he's one fabulous writer. And don't let the title pigeonhole your expectations. A Perfect Spy is a deep-delving, exhilarating exploration of the making of a human chameleon, tapping the sources of loyalty and trust, betrayal and suspicion, the hunger to love and be loved-- all wrapped in a narrative that begins in a slow burn, and accelerates to demise.

— From Peter


From the New York Times bestselling author of A Legacy of Spies. 

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.

About the Author

John le Carré was born in 1931. After attending the universities of Bern and Oxford, he taught at Eton and spent five years in the British Foreign Service. The Spy Who Came In from the Cold, his third book, secured him a worldwide reputation.

Praise For…

“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
Product Details
ISBN: 9780143119760
ISBN-10: 0143119761
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: July 20th, 2011
Pages: 624
Language: English