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'A Legacy of Spies' reminds readers why they have loved John le Carré so well and so long

Book world marketing being what it is, John le Carré's new novel is inevitably being taglined as “the return of George Smiley!” – shorthanding that le Carré's great signature character, the Sphinx-like spymaster at the heart of the spiderweb of the British Secret Service, nicknamed “the Circus,” is appearing in a le Carré novel for the first time in more than a quarter of a century. And taglines being what they are, this might work to sell the book but also works to sell

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