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A spy thriller can be serious literature
Reviewed in India on 18 April 2019
The Spy Who Came in from the Cold is a classic in its genre. As I read it for the second time after maybe 30 years, I found it equally gripping. The story line is complex, just as a web of a spy ring should be. The narrative is taut and it is difficult to put the book down until you have finished reading it. But that alone doesn't make a book memorable. The Spy ... opens a window into the ruthless business of running governments and being one step ahead of the "enemy" and makes us question if such governments were the results of civilisation, was civilisation worth it?