- Apr 9, 2016
We are in agreement, except that I'm not too bothered about it being detective work rather than tradecraft - and to a certain point, it's hard to tell the difference. Where's the difference between his methods here and in TTSS?I liked it. it was refreshingly short, but pretty well packed -- I almost can't believe he'd managed to fit a whole twisty story into 150 pages. There was more ordinary detective work than tradecraft, which knocked a star off, but I'd recommend it. And this might be a personal thing, But I really appreciated how Smiley/le Carre occasionally went through everything they knew so far -- for me, this kept the confusion at bay, but wasn't done so often as to be repetitive. I have A Murder of Quality lined up next.
I have to say, in terms of reading enjoyment vs page length, it might be one of my favourite books. There's better books, but few that can be read as quickly.