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The Spy Who Came in from the Cold

1963 novel by John le Carré

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold is a 1963 Cold War spy novel by the British author John le Carré. Alec Leamas is a British agent. He is sent to East Germany as a part of trick to spread lies and confusion about a powerful East German spy. In 1965 Martin Ritt directed the movie of the novel, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, with Richard Burton as Leamas.

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold
AuthorJohn le Carré
CountryUnited Kingdom
LanguageEnglish
SeriesGeorge Smiley
GenreSpy novel
PublishedSeptember 1963 Victor Gollancz & Pan
Media typePrint (hardback & paperback)
Pages256 pages (Hardback edition) &
240 pages (Paperback edition)
ISBN0-575-00149-6 (Hardback edition) &
ISBN 0-330-20107-7 (Paperback edition)
Preceded byA Murder of Quality 
Followed byThe Looking-Glass War 

CharactersEdit

  • Alec Leamas: A British field agent in charge of spying in East Germany.
  • Hans-Dieter Mundt: Leader of the East German Secret Service, the Abteilung.
  • Fiedler: East German spy, and Mundt's deputy.
  • Liz Gold: English librarian and member of the Communist Party.
  • Control: Head of The Circus
  • George Smiley: British spy
  • Peter Guillam: British spy.
  • Karl Riemeck: East German bureaucrat and British spy

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