Author(s): John le Carré
It would have been an easy job for the Circus: a can of film couriered from Helsinki to London. In the past the Circus handled all things political while the Department dealt with military matters. But the Department has been moribund since the War; its resources siphoned away. Now, one of their agents is dead, and vital evidence verifying Soviet missiles near the West German border is gone. John Avery is the Department's youngest member and its last hope. Charged with handling Fred Leiser--a German-speaking Pole left over from the War--Avery must infiltrate the East and restore his masters' former glory.
John le Carr 's The Looking Glass War is a scorching portrayal of misplaced loyalties and innocence lost.
A book of rare and great power - Financial Times
A devastating and tragic record of human, not glamour, spies - New York Herald Tribune
John le Carre was educated at the University of Berne (where he studied German literature for a year) and at Lincoln College, Oxford, where he graduated with a first-class honours degree in modern languages. From 1959 to 1964 he was a member of the British Foreign Service, serving first as Second Secretary in the British Embassy in Bonn and subsequently as Political Consul in Hamburg. He started writing novels in 1961, and has since published twenty-one titles.