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SMILEY'S PEOPLE -JOHN LE CARRE

SMILEY'S PEOPLE -JOHN LE CARRE

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FEATURES: SMILEY'S PEOPLE  BY: JOHN LE CARRE
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A) CONDITION BOOK: NEAR FINE - HARD COVER
B) CONDITION DUST JACKET: NEAR FINE - NOT PRICE CLIPPED [$5.95] BRODART
C) FIRST EDITION FIRST PRINTING - HODDER AND STOUGHTON 1979
D) NOTE:  SCULLING AT BASE OF FRONT + REAR BOARDS.  THIRD AND LAST BOOK OF LE CARRES "KARLA" TRILOGY.  327 PAGES.
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About:
Smiley's People is a spy novel by British writer John le Carré, published in 1979. Featuring British master-spy George Smiley, it is the third and final novel of the "Karla Trilogy", following Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and The Honourable Schoolboy.[1] George Smiley is called out of retirement to investigate the death of one of his old agents: a former Soviet general, the head of an Estonian émigré organisation based in London. Smiley learns the general had discovered information that will lead to a final confrontation with Smiley's nemesis, the Soviet spymaster Karla.
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Maria Ostrakova, a Soviet émigrée in Paris, is told by a Soviet agent calling himself "Kursky" that her daughter Alexandra, whom she was forced to leave behind, may be permitted to join her. Maria applies for an exit permit for her daughter; then, hearing nothing more, writes to General Vladimir, a former Soviet general and British agent, for help. Vladimir realises that Maria was used to provide a false identity for an unknown young woman, a ploy associated with KGB spymaster Karla, and that this is probably an unofficial operation.

Vladimir contacts Toby Esterhase, his old handler in the Circus, but Esterhase, now retired, refuses help. Next Vladimir sends a confidant, Otto Leipzig, to Paris to interview Maria, who identifies "Kursky" in a photograph. Vladimir contacts the Circus again and insists on speaking to his former case officer, George Smiley, who is also retired. The Circus personnel are sceptical and uncooperative. Meanwhile, Vladimir is betrayed to Karla and assassinated on Hampstead Heath while on his way to meet a junior Circus contact.

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