Author: John le Carré
The occasional morsels about Smiley's history are satisfying. I especially appreciated this passage, one that reveals much of the art behind our hero's unassuming character:
The byways of espionage are not populated by the brash and colourful adventurers of fiction. A man who, like Smiley, has lived for years among his country's enemies learns only one prayer: that he man never, never be noticed. Assimilation is his highest aim, he learns to love the crowds who pass him in the street without a glance...he could embrace the shoppers who jostle him in their impatience...He could adore the officials, the police, the bus conductors, for the terse indifference of their attitudes.Definitely up for more. Next in the series is a classic of the genre: The Spy Who Came in from the Cold.