A Legacy of Spies by John le CarréPeter Guillam, staunch colleague and disciple of George Smiley of the British Secret Service, otherwise known as the Circus, is living out his old age on the family farmstead on the south coast of Brittany when a letter from his old Service summons him to London. The reason? His Cold War past has come back to claim him. Intelligence operations that were once the toast of secret London, and involved such characters as Alec Leamas, Jim Prideaux, George Smiley and Peter Guillam himself, are to be scrutinized by a generation with no memory of the Cold War and no patience with its justifications.
Interweaving past with present so that each may tell its own intense story, John le Carré has spun a single plot as ingenious and thrilling as the two predecessors on which it looks back: The Spy Who Came in from the Cold and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. In a story resonating with tension, humor and moral ambivalence, le Carré and his narrator Peter Guillam present the reader with a legacy of unforgettable characters old and new.
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In that book, MI6 agent Alec Leamas, motivated by the death of his operative Karl Riemeck in East Berlin , agrees to undertake one final mission to get revenge on the man he believes to be Riemeck's murderer, a high ranking member of the Stasi named Hans-Dieter Mundt. In the course of Leamas' mission, which finds him traveling to East Berlin himself, he — along with his lover, a young Communist sympathizer named Liz Gold — is shot to death at the Berlin Wall. Now elderly and living in retirement on a farm in his native Brittany , Peter Guillam — who narrates the story in the first person — is summoned to MI6 headquarters to account for his actions during Operation Windfall, the espionage mission depicted in The Spy Who Came in from the Cold. Learning that Leamas' now adult son, Christoph, is suing the British government for wrongful death, Guillam ruminates on the course of events that led to the death of agent Karl Riemeck, and how Guillam and Leamas desperately worked together to try and save not only Riemeck's life but the lives of several other German citizens working with him to provide intelligence information to Britain. The book alternates between Guillam's recollections of the events leading up to Leamas' demise and his attempts in the present day to eschew guilt for his role; his avoidance of Christoph, who wants to extort him; and his efforts to learn the whereabouts of Smiley, who has gone off the grid following his own retirement. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. A Legacy of Spies Hardback edition cover.