Reading Club: The Spy Who Came in From The Cold (1.3)

In the Reading Club series, we read books together, enjoy them, and learn from them.

This is the third part of John le Carré‘s The Spy Who Came in From The Cold.

Chapter 1: Checkpoint


Leamas walked over to the car and said to the woman, “Where is he?”

“They came for him and he ran. He took the bicycle. They can’t have known about me.”

“Where did he go?”

“We had a room near Brandenburg, over a pub. He kept a few things there, money, papers. I think he’ll have gone there. Then he’ll come over.”


“He said he would come tonight. The others have all been caught — Paul, Viereck, Ländser, Salomon. He hasn’t got long.”

Leamas stared at her for a moment in silence.

“Ländser too?”

“Last night.”

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