John Le Carre pictures Peter Guillam, an old man hoping to spend the last few years of his life in a remote village and die peacefully when the ghosts of his past come to claim him back. He has lived his life as a Secret service agent and a disciple of George Smiley, a master spy at British Secret service, also known as the Circus. The letter from BSS drags Peter from his family farmstead on South Coast of Brittany and the worst fears are confirmed.
The Cold War past has come to claim him.
There are a lot of scrutiny and witch-hunt among the new generation Spies, accusing old dogs like him, George Smiley and his friends Alec Leamas and Jim Prideaux of masterminding covert ops during their time in power.
In this thriller, John Le Carre does an amazing job at recreating the past through the eyes of each veteran and keeps the reader engaged throughout. From the re-connection of the past and the present, we learn that some stores are better left forgotten as a series of humor, tension and mystery engulf this book from page one to the last page.