John le Carré’s last full-length novel Silverview is a fiery, lyrical thriller involving a spy chief, a dangerous leak, and Julian Lawndsley, a Londoner who left his city job to run a small seaside bookshop.
The manuscript was completed before le Carré’s death in 2020 and it may not be his last published work.
Literary agent Jonny Geller has said le Carré was writing 'something else' and 'more stuff' has been discovered in the author’s archives. (Unfortunately, Geller wouldn’t reveal more when SPYSCAPE reached out.)
In honor of the legendary espionage writer, SPYSCAPE’s New York City bookstore has assembled a selection of le Carré’s finest espionage novels, including many rare first editions you may struggle to find elsewhere.
A Delicate Truth (2013), First Edition - A counter-terrorist operation code-named Wildlife is underway in Gibraltar. Its purpose? To capture and abduct a high-value jihadist arms buyer in a mission involving an ambitious Foreign Office Minister, a private defense contractor, and a shady American CIA operative of the evangelical far-right.
A Most Wanted Man (2008), First Edition - A young Russian man is smuggled into Hamburg with cash secreted in a purse around his neck. He is a devout Muslim. Or is he? He says his name is Issa. Annabel, an idealistic young German civil rights lawyer, is determined to save Issa from deportation. Meanwhile, the spies of three nations converge.
A Small Town in Germany (1968), First Edition - Her Majesty's financially troubled government is seeking admission to Europe's Common Market just as anti-British factions are rising to power in Germany. At the same time, Leo Harting, an embassy nobody in Bonn, Germany, goes missing with confidential files. London sends Alan Turner to control the damage, but he soon realizes that neither side wants Leo found alive.
Absolute Friends (2003), First Edition - Mundy is a down-at-the-heels tour guide in Germany, dodging creditors, supporting his family, and keeping an eye out for trouble. In his spare moments, he vigorously questions the actions of the country he once bravely served. Trouble finds Mundy in the shape of an old German student friend, a one-time fellow spy - the crippled Sasha, a dreamer and chaos addict.
Single & Single (1999), First Edition - A lawyer from London’s Single & Single is shot dead in Turkey. A bank in England asks a magician to explain the arrival of more than £5m in his young daughter's trust. A freighter bound for Liverpool is boarded by Russian coast guards in the Black Sea. Meanwhile, London’s celebrated ‘Tiger’ Single disappears. Can the events have anything in common?
The Constant Gardener (2001), First Edition - In northern Kenya, the young and beautiful Tessa Quayle is murdered. Her husband Justin Quayle, a bureaucrat and amateur gardener, sets out to uncover the mystery of her death, but what he finds could make him a suspect and a target for Tessa's killers.
The-Looking-Glass War (1965), First Edition - 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 evidence verifying the presence of Soviet missiles near the West German border is gone. John Avery is the Department's last hope.
The Little Drummer Girl (1983), First Edition - On holiday in Mykonos, Greece, Charlie wants sunny days and an escape from England's dreariness. A handsome stranger lures the aspiring actress away from her friends but his intentions are far from romantic. Joseph is an Israeli intelligence officer, and Charlie has been wooed to flush out the leader of a Palestinian terrorist group responsible for a string of deadly bombings.
The Night Manager (1993), First Edition - With the Cold War over, a new era of espionage has begun. In the power vacuum left by the USSR, arms dealers and drug smugglers have risen to immense wealth. The master of them all is Richard Onslow Roper. Slipping into this maze of peril is Jonathan Pine, a former British soldier who is the night manager of a posh hotel in Zurich.
The Russia House (1989), First Edition - In Moscow, a sheaf of military secrets changes hands. Along the way, it has an explosive impact on the lives of three people: a Soviet physicist burdened with secrets; a beautiful young Russian woman to whom the papers are entrusted; and Barley Blair, a bewildered English publisher pressed into service by British Intelligence to ferret out the document's source.
The Tailor of Panama (1996), First Edition - Harry Pendel is the tailor to Panama’s most powerful men, an informant to British Intelligence, and the perfect spy in a country rife with corruption and revolution. What his handlers don’t realize is that Harry has a hidden agenda and finds himself in over his head, thrown into a lethal maze of politics and espionage with unthinkable consequences.
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (1974), First Edition - ‘Control’ is dead and the young Turks who forced him out now run the so-called Circus. George Smiley isn’t quite ready for retirement however, especially when a would-be defector surfaces with a shocking accusation: a Soviet mole has penetrated British Intelligence. Smiley recognizes the hand of Karla, his Moscow nemesis, and sets a trap to catch the traitor. Le Carré’s novel was made into a movie of the same name.
Why not also drop by our bookstore when you're in New York City? There’s no ticket required and we are the only shop in NYC focused solely on espionage. Our 640-square-foot store boasts 1,700 espionage titles, including more than 300 rare books.
Not all of our titles are first editions, of course. SPYSCAPE’s le Carré collection also includes:
A Delicate Truth (2013) - A counterterrorism operation is underway in Gibraltar when a shady American CIA operative gets involved.
A Legacy of Spies (2017) - Retired agent Peter Guillam tries to protect the British intelligence ‘Circus’ against itself.
A Murder of Quality (1962) - Le Carré moves outside the world of espionage to reveal the secrets of a murder.
Absolute Friends (2003) - Mundy is a down-at-the-heels tour guide in southern Germany when he meets a one-time fellow spy, the crippled Sasha.
Agent Running in the Field (2019) - Nat, a veteran MI6 agent runner, returns to a Brexit-rattled Britain but discovers he has not returned home.
Our Kind of Traitor (2010) - Perry is in Morocco when he meets Dima, a money launderer for the Russian mafia, and is soon thrust into the world of international espionage.
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (1974) - A would-be defector surfaces with a shocking accusation: a Soviet mole has penetrated British Intelligence.