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The late British novelist John le Carré revolutionized the spy novel when he published his first book while still an officer in the British secret services 60 years ago. Silverview is his 26th and final book, which he instructed his agent to publish after his death. It’s a standalone story, following 33-year-old Londoner Julian Lawndsley, who’s recently decided to leave the chaotic world of finance for a quieter life running a bookshop in a small town by the sea. His plan is upended when he meets and befriends an eccentric retired MI6 agent who once knew his father—and is currently the subject of a British intelligence investigation. It’s a thought-provoking slow burn of a thriller that you’ll love getting lost in.

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