The Spy Who Came In From The Cold (Penguin Modern Classics) written by John Le Carre derives its suspense from the setting of its story at the time when tensions were high during the Cold War, as the war between the East and West Berlin raged on with the Berlin wall standing tall between them. Alec Leamas is a British spy agent who was sent on a mission to gain information from East Germany. His mission fails as the last of his spies is killed. His superiors, known as the Control, send him on another dangerous mission after this, where he has to find Mundt- the chief of the East German Intelligence.
He starts working at the library, where he comes across Liz, a member of the East German communist party. His love affair with her ends dramatically and he is arrested after getting into a fight at a liquor store. After this, he finds himself with Ashe, another East German agent. Ashe wants to know about the British Intelligence and more so, about Rolling Stone, a bank deposit funding transfer operation.
Leamas meets another East German agent called Fiedler who wants to prove that Mundt is working with the British Intelligence. Through fake names, fake passports, secret safehouses and the bleak and grim times of the World War II, The Spy Who Came In From The Cold (Penguin Modern Classics), paints a realistic picture of what happens in the mysterious lives of spies. The readers are kept guessing on whether Leamas will be exposed and whether Mundt will be captured by the British Intelligence. This book by John Le Carre was published in 2010 by Penguin UK and is available in paperback.
- This book became a smash hit movie in 1965 starring Richard Burton, Oskar Werner and Claire Bloom.
- The book won the Best Crime Novel in 1963 from the Crime Writers Association, an Edgar award for the Best Mystery Novel from Mystery Writers of America and the Dagger of Daggers at the 50th Dagger awards show.