A Murder of Quality ★★½

A Murder of Quality
John le Carré


Genre(s) | Mystery, Thriller
Goodreads Rating | 3.60
Humpo Show Rating | 2.75
Published: 2011, originally published in 1962
Publisher: Penguin

A Murder of Quality

The editor of a small Christian magazine, Miss Ailsa Brimley, receives a letter from a worried reader: “I’m not mad. And I know my husband is trying to kill me.” Unfortunately, the writer of the letter, the wife of an assistant master at a distinguished public school, did not get the help she needed in time. Continue reading

A Legacy of Spies ★★★★☆

A Legacy of Spies ★★★★☆
John le Carré


Genre(s) | Thriller, Espionage
Goodreads Ratings | 3.92
Humpo Show Rating | 4.00
Published: 2017
Publisher: Penguin

Peter Guillam, right-hand-man of spymaster George Smiley, has retired to a farm in Brittany. Out of the blue, he is summoned to London by his former employers – the British Secret Service – to answer questions about a Cold War operation that has reared its head due to the current generation wanting answers and repercussions. Continue reading

The Pigeon Tunnel ★★★★★

The Pigeon Tunnel: Stories From My Life ★★★★★
John le Carré


Genre(s) | Nonfiction, Memoir, History, Espionage
Goodreads Rating | 4.08
Humpo Show Rating | 5.00 
Published | 2016
Publisher | Viking
I received a copy from Penguin Random House

A Treasure Island-worthy book…

David Cornwell, otherwise known as John le Carré, has penned a memoir that contains a museum of stories from his days in the service of British Intelligence during the Cold War, to his war tourist days, and his successful career as a novelist. His stories take him from war-torn Cambodia to Beirut, Russia before and after the collapse of the Berlin Wall, le Carré has written about a plethora of historical events in which he focuses on individuals that he was involved with, and how they influenced his fictional characters in his catalogue of work. Continue reading

Book Review | The Spy Who Came in From the Cold

The Spy Who Came in From the Cold
John le Carré


Genre(s) | Espionage, Thriller, Mystery, Classic.
Goodreads Rating | 4.04
Humpo Show Rating | 5.0 wp_20161011_16_59_38_pro-2

An encounter with literary greatness

The course of this tale concerns a complex double-agent operation, which le Carré tells in an economical style that somehow displays the coldness of human relations as well as fiery interrogations. He reveals the cold-bloodedness of British Intelligence—and, by implication, of all intelligence systems—which will be unyielding in its pursuit of secrecy and success no matter if the innocent stand in their way. When the British Station Head operating from West Berlin loses his last agent operating in East Berlin, he returns to London to contemplate retirement. However, his superiors instead see an opportunity to give him one last assignment for him. They want him to “defect” and set up his nemesis in the end game of a plan that has been in the works for years.  Continue reading