Another George Smiley by John Le Carre classic! Alec Leamas can only watch helplessly from his hiding position as the last agent under his command is shot dead by German sentries. That was the last stroke and Leamas is dreading retirement, or a desk job (That would kill him faster). George Smiley comes to his rescue through Control by offering him another shot at the man who blundered everything to hell.
Using himself as live bait, Leamas saunters back into action from the cold as a bitter ex-agent whose only mission is to trap Mundt, the deputy director of East German Intelligence Services and settle scores that were buried under the guise of cold war.
What follows is one of the most intricate espionage stories ever written with a clarity and sharpness that makes this tale hard to beat.