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The latest title from the bestselling author John le Carré to come into Penguin Modern Classics.

'A work of rare brilliance' The Times

Charmer, fabulist and tailor to Panama's rich and powerful, Harry Pendel loves to tell stories. But when the British spy Andrew Osnard - a man of large appetites, for women, information and above all money - walks into his shop, Harry's fantastical inventions take on a life of their own. Soon he finds himself out of his depth in an international game he can never hope to win.
Le Carré's savage satire on the espionage trade is set in a corrupt universe without heroes or honour, where the innocent are collateral damage and treachery plays out as tragic farce.
'A tour de force in which almost every convention of the classic spy novel is violated' The New York Times Book Review

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A work of rare brilliance

The Times

A tour de force in which almost every convention of the classic spy novel is violated

The New York Times Book Review

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780241291733

    March 20, 2017

    Penguin Classics

    464 pages

    RRP $24.00

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  • EBook

    9780241291924

    February 23, 2017

    Penguin eBooks (UK Adult)

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A Legacy Of Spies
The Night Manager: Design by Coralie Bickford-Smith
The Pigeon Tunnel
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The Night Manager Fti
Our Game
A Delicate Truth
The Night Manager
A Small Town In Germany
The Looking Glass War
Call For The Dead
A Murder Of Quality
The Russia House
The Secret Pilgrim
Our Kind Of Traitor
The Spy Who Came In From The Cold: The Smiley Collection

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