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Welcome! The Beat brings you these novels by John Le Carre! To learn more about or to order one of the following books, just click on the book's title.

About John Le Carre



John le Carré was born in 1931. After attending the universities of Berne 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. He divides his time between England and the Continent.


Single & Single
by John le Carre
Hardcover



The Tailor Of Panama
by John le Carre
Hardcover
or paperback - le Carré's Panama-- the young country due to gain control of the Canal December 31, 1999 -- is a Casablanca without heroes, a hotbed of drugs, laundered money, and corruption. Seldom has the weight of global politics descended so heavily on such a tiny & unprepared nation. And seldom has the hidden eye of British intelligence selected such an unlikely champion as tailor Harry Pendel, evader, charmer, and presiding genius of Pendel & Braithwaite Limitada. Yet the choice is not without its logic-- everybody who is anybody in Central America passes through Pendel's doors. He dresses everyone from the Panamanian President to politicos, crooks, and spies. His fitting room hears more confidences than a priest's confessional...


The Little Drummer Girl
by John Le Carre, Paperback
- Amazon readers say ... "I read this book when it first came out and absolutely adored it. It really is very good. The story is a complex world of espionage, counter espionage and intricate plotting. Le Carre never talks down to his readers either - he uses marvellous language, and leaves you hanging by the merest threads to what is going on for a good half of the novel..."

The Constant Gardener
by John Le Carre, Paperback
- Amazon readers say ... "Le Carre's compassion is admirable, and conscience does not make a coward of his hero. Justin sees his mission through to the end, though it takes him from being a man who tends gardens to one who pushes up daisies. The importance Le Carre places on Africa's impossible troubles allows for little character-complexity; everyone wears either a black or white hat, the African stage up-stages its players. However, I am not disappointed that Le Carre took a risk and put his heart in the way of his pen this time. Had he done otherwise, I might not have trusted as much what he most wanted to say, that Reality is much scarier than fiction..."

Our Game
by John Le Carre, Paperback
- With the Cold War fought and won, British spymaster Tim Cranmer accepts early retirement to rural England and a new life with his alluring young mistress Emma. But when both Emma and Cranmer's star double agent and lifelong rival, Larry Pettifer, disappear, Cranmer is suddenly on the run, searching for his brilliant protégé, desperately eluding his former colleagues, in a frantic journey across Europe and into the lawless, battered landscapes of Moscow and southern Russia, to save whatever of his life he has left....

The Russia House
by John Le Carre, Paperback
- We are in the third year of Perestroika and Glasnost. The place is Moscow. The man is Barley: a derelict English publisher with a passion for jazz and a penchant for booze, who visits the Moscow Book Fair. The woman is Katya: a beautiful Russian with a mission to mankind and access to some of the hottest defense intelligence to come out of the Soviet Union in years. Its source: a disillusioned and desperate Russian physicist who wants Barley to publish the secrets...but the British Secret Service and the CIA have other ideas. In The Russia House, the action moves from Moscow to a safehouse in London, to a CIA-owned island off the coast of Maine and back again to the Soviet Union. What unfolds between Barley and Katya is a spy story, and anti-spy story, and a love story. This is John le Carré at his incomparable best.


A New Collection of Three Complete Novels: A Perfect Spy, The Russia House, The Secret Pilgrim
by John Le Carre, Paperback.



The Night Manager
by John Le Carre, Paperback
- Enter the new world of post Cold War espionage. Penetrate the secret world of ruthless arms dealers and drug smugglers who have risen to unthinkable power and wealth. The sinister master of them all is an untouchable Englishman named Roper. Slipping into this maze of peril is a former British soldier, Jonathan Pine, who knows Roper well enough to hate him more than any man on earth. Now Personal vengeance is only part of why Pine is willing to help the men at Whitehall try to bring Roper down....


Our Game
by John Le Carre, Paperback
- With the Cold War fought and won, British spymaster Tim Cranmer accepts early retirement to rural England and a new life with his alluring young mistress, Emma. But when both Emma and Cranmer's star double agent and lifelong rival, Larry Pettifer, disappear, Cranmer is suddenly on the run, searching for his brilliant protegé, desperately eluding his former colleagues, in a frantic journey across Europe and into the lawless, battered landscapes of Moscow and southern Russia, to save whatever of his life he has left...



The Secret Pilgrim
by John Le Carre, Paperback
- The Cold War is over. The rules of the spying game have changed. But to train new spies for this uncertain future, one must first show them the past. Enter the man called Ned, the loyal and shrewd veteran of the Circus. With the inspiration of his inscrutable mentor George Smiley, Ned thrills all as he recounts forty exhilarating years of Cold War espionage across Europe and the Far East. George Smiley's experiences serve as inspiration & training for new spies in a changing world.


The Spy Who Came in from the Cold
by John Le Carre, Paperback
- The classic cold war spy thriller. For Leamas the espionage business has become an hermetic, enclosed world, detached from outside reality. He has watched his last agent being shot, crossing from East to West Berlin, and his death marks the end of the Circus' East German network. But Control is planning an operation against the head of East German Intelligence. And Leamas is to be the instrument, sent East one last time....


Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
by John Le Carre, Paperback
- British Secret Service agent George Smiley has to discover the mole burrowed deep in the highest echelons of the Service.


Three Complete Novels: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy / Honourable Schoolboy / Smiley's People
by John Le Carre, Hardcover
- One of the Beat Book's all time favorite series.


The Looking Glass War
by John Le Carre, Paperback
- An experienced agent is mysteriously killed on a freezing night near a foreign airport. Thus begins an intricate mission of military espionage that brings together three desperate men. The zealot, the pawn, the string puller: each seeks a different kind of glory, each risks the thing he values most, each is caught up in a double-sided game that carries him from London to Berlin -- and from treachery, to betrayal, to cold-blooded murder. One of John le Carre's early works.



Single & Single
by John Le Carre


With settings from Turkey to Devon and his great prose style, Le Carre's Single & Single promises to be a good read for his fans everywhere.

Information, Reviews and More about John Le Carre!



  • le Carré Breaks his Silence
    (Taken from remarks made by John le Carré to the
    Knopf Sales Force August 12, 1996.)


    Francis Archibald - Book Review:  The Tailor of Panama

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  • Le Monde Diplomatique - Book Review:  Our Game

  • La Nacion:  El Sastre de Panama

  • New York Review of Books:  The Tailor of Panama

  • Salon Magazine: John le Carre answers E-Mail

  • Time - Review:  The Tailor of Panama

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