This is the next spy novel that follows on from Tinker Taylor Soldier Spy, and is centred around Jerry Westerby, a spy working for Smiley - a former newspaper reporter and occasional SIS secret agent. It is set in the 1970's.Jerry Westerby is sent to Hong Kong to find out all about Russian and Chinese spying that is going on in the area. Of course drugs play a keen part in the tale and the good old U S of A comes steam rolling in.
The story is long and complicated roving over the far east with wonderful vivid descriptions, that bring the whole story to life. Just fantastic for audio listening on a long car journey. They almost made me believe I was there rather than rain and wind swept home.
Wikipedia has a very long and very comprehensive summary of the plot, so I won't go into here, other than to say I felt really sad when the CIA kidnapped Nelson snapping him from the hands of the British. Smiley is retired off with a pension. This is book 14 week 14 (audio book 5) The next audio book I am listening to is back to France in the 1600's with our friends the Musketeers_
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