George travels to West Germany to make contact with Otto Leipzig. He starts by visiting the owner of a sex club, Claus Kretchmar. A friend of Otto's for many years, Kretchmar was often used as the intermediary when the Circus wanted to get in touch with Otto. It quickly becomes obvious to Smiley that the photo the General was so excited about was taken in the night club. He also assumes there is more information, taped conversations perhaps, but Kretchmar claims to have nothing. Smiley sets off to a holiday camp to find Otto. There he sees the extent to which the Soviets will go to keep Otto's information secret. He also finds the key to the information that Otto had left behind for him. George travels to Paris to arrange for Madame Ostrakova's protection and enlists the assistance of Peter Guillam, now assigned to the Embassy. Written by
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Alec Guinness's character (George Smiley) tells Peter Guillam to contact a couple they know to arrange for someone to stay with them. He instructs Guillam to "Use the Phonebox" and delivers the line in the same tone of voice as Obi Wan Kenobi, clearly an inside joke to Guinness's just recently completed role. See more
[hearing about Leipzig's death
Then what good's the material?
The material is an embarrassment to the man who sent the killers.
Will it kill him also?
It will do worse than kill him.