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The Berlin office under Leamas has not been doing well. One of their best double agents, Karl Riemeck, was gunned down at the border, probably on the orders of the head of the East German spy section, Mundt. Leamas is called back to England for one last job: to "turn" over to the communists himself and get close enough to Mundt to kill him. To do this, he acts as if he's been disgraced -- drinks a lot, assaults a grocer, and lands in jail -- so as to appear ripe for recruiting by the other side. During this stage, he also gets to know a sweet girl named Liz Gold who happens to belong to the Communist Party in Britain. Sure enough, Leamas is approached in England, taken to Holland, and then to East Germany. But there's a hitch: Mundt's second in command, Fiedler, believes Mundt may be a double agent working for Leamas's superiors in England, so he stages a hearing where Leamas is a captive witness, and brings in Liz Gold to pressure him. Taut and trim, this classic 1963 spy novel was an international bestseller that took Le Carre's reputation to the top.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 60%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) Time/era of story:    -   1930's-1950's Spying/Terrorism Thriller    -   Yes Cloak & Dagger Plotlets:    -   main char. spying/sabotage    -   stopping a saboteur/spy Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Who's the terrorist enemy here?    -   spy ring

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   spy Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Race    -   British


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK City?    -   Yes City:    -   London Misc setting    -   prison

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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