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Reviews

  • Valedictory, with a final turn of events that ends surprisingly but pleasingly in a cock-up, this is a satisfying coda to the career of the finest thriller writer of the 20th century

    Guardian, Books of the Year
  • A compelling character study of a supposedly retired spy . . . Such was his rare command of language and unique understanding of how the world really works that I finished the book with a sense that the only real grown-up in the room had left

    Jake Kerridge, Daily Telegraph, Books of the Year
  • As graceful an exit as we could hope for, the old master remaining at the top of his game to the last

    Mick Herron, Daily Express, Books of the Year
  • Nothing will ever match the Cold War spy novels written in his prime, but his later work illuminates themes of loyalty, betrayal and conflicting values in a modern context

    Vince Cable, New Statesman, Books of the Year
  • A superb example of le Carré's enduring and exquisite genius

    Daily Mail, Books of the Year
  • Gripping and involving, an elegant farewell by a much missed writer

    Siân Phillips, Daily Express, Books of the Year
  • Silverview has many of le Carré's characteristic virtues . . . engaging characters and three or four splendid set scenes in which veteran spooks stir the embers of old fires

    Scotsman, Best Books of the Year
  • Silverview is a cat-and-mouse chase from an East Anglian seaside town to the Eastern Bloc. Published ten months after he passed away, it marks a fitting final work by the master of spy fiction

    Irish Times, Books of the Year
  • A taut, thrilling spy novel. Read it as a tribute to a master

    Stella, Books of the Year
  • Silverview has all the old magic . . . it offers a rewarding post-script to the long-distance spell-binders The Little Drummer Girl and Absolute Friends

    David Bromwich, Times Literary Supplement, Books of The Year

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