A Perfect Spy - John le Carré

A Perfect Spy

By John le Carré

  • Release Date: 2011-07-20
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4
From 126 Ratings


From the New York Times bestselling author of A Legacy of Spies. 

Over the course of his seemingly irreproachable life, Magnus Pym has been all things to all people: a devoted family man, a trusted colleague, a loyal friend—and the perfect spy. But in the wake of his estranged father’s death, Magnus vanishes, and the British Secret Service is up in arms. Is it grief, or is the reason for his disappearance more sinister? And who is the mysterious man with the sad moustache who also seems to be looking for Magnus?
In A Perfect Spy, John le Carré has crafted one of his crowning masterpieces, interweaving a moving and unusual coming-of-age story with a morally tangled chronicle of modern espionage.


  • A masterpiece

    By DavidKnoll
    This is not the average spy novel. This novel stands out as one of the best achievements of English literature in the second half of the twentieth century.
  • Excellent

    By jpintobks
    Much more than an typical spy novel is a Well written book about the dark side of the human condition and the damage that children of crooks endure all their life. It is some biographical since Le Carre father was a con man and painted in this fiction book.
  • A Tour de Force

    By cogitoergomac
    Difficult for me to single out my favorite JLC work, but as much as I love TSWCIFTC and TTSS and TRH, I think this may be it. JLC is at his time and perspective shifting best here. This can be a daunting work, and for my first JLC, I would not start here. But do not save it for last.