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Le Carre is a fine writer and the book read well. The problem is I was looking forward to reading Tinker, which many lists call the greatest spy novel ever. Well, George Smiley comes off as an out of shape detective, not an international spy. This was quite disappointing. I will not continue the path toward Tinker, which makes me sad. Instead I will read a Mitch Rapp novel which gives me great joy.