Staff Pick

In John le Carré’s new novel, A Legacy of Spies (Viking, $28), his hero, Peter Guillam, former spymaster and erstwhile protegé to George Smiley, finds himself in the unfamiliar territory of post-Cold War England. Peter has been summoned out of his retirement on a farm in Brittany by descendants of his previous masters in the Circus. Their agenda? To make Peter answerable for his supposed crimes against the progeny of his late colleague and friend, Alec Leamas, who now accuses Peter of complicity in the death of his father. In a way, le Carré continues to litigate the moral complexity of the Cold War after the fact, but he now has one more tool in his literary arsenal: the distance afforded by time. And this allows him to tell a compelling story about the human casualties of the Cold War resulting from the choices we have to make in the name of duty and country.

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ISBN: 9780735225114
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Viking - September 5th, 2017

Staff Pick

A longtime journalist with The Washington Post, David Ignatius has a knack for grounding his suspenseful novels in real national security challenges, at times uncannily anticipating actual scenarios before they unfold in the news. In his latest spy thriller, The Quantum Spy (W.W. Norton, $25.95), Ignatius delves into the high-stakes, high-tech world of computing. The story revolves around the race between the United States and China to develop a hyper-fast quantum computer capable of breaking any code, a competition equivalent to the race in the 20th century to develop an atomic bomb. As the book begins, CIA agents entrap a Chinese computer scientist, hoping to turn him into a spy for the United States, only to discover that China itself has been receiving precious intelligence from a secret source inside the CIA. An intense hunt for the suspected mole ensues, taking a number of surprising turns. An entertaining read that has the added benefit of teaching a bit about advanced computers.

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ISBN: 9780393254150
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - November 7th, 2017

Staff Pick

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Québec embarks on his thirteenth case in Glass Houses (Minotaur, $28.99). The latest installment of Louise Penny’s award-winning mystery series is a wonderful example of a book that not only builds on and extends an established character but also stands alone as a satisfying narrative in itself. In the Montreal suburb of Three Pines, a mysterious, hooded figure dressed in black suddenly appears one day on the town commons. Motionless and silent, watching carefully, he seems like a dark conscience passing judgment on an unknown crime. When a murder soon follows, Inspector Gamache and his team of detectives must solve the crime while also concealing certain details in order to lure in bigger drug kingpins. Glass Houses is told from Gamache’s perspective nearly a year after the murder, and the truth is slowly revealed during a court case as pieces of the mystery come to light and the tension builds to a thrilling climax. Beautifully written, with smart and likable characters, and grounded in snowy and scenic Quebec, this is a mystery that even non-mystery readers will love.

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ISBN: 9781250066190
Availability: Backordered
Published: Minotaur Books - August 29th, 2017