John le Carre has had a long career as one of the best spy thriller writers with stories like The Night Manager and The Constant Gardener, but he’s most famous for the creation of George Smiley from stories such as Call for the Dead and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier Spy. Now he returns to one of his most famous works with A Legacy of Spies, a semi-sequel to The Spy Who Came In From The Cold. The story picks up years later and follows Smiley’s loyal colleague Peter Guillam, now an elderly man, as he’s put to blame for the past wrongs of the Circus, namely the deaths of agent Alec Leamas and civilian Liz Gold from Cold.
le Carre’s re-entry into the world of the Circus is pretty seamless. It’s been 25 years since his last Smiley novel,