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The Spy Who Came in from the Cold
Author John le Carré
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Series George Smiley
Genre Spy novel
Published September 1963 Victor Gollancz & Pan
Media type Print (hardback & paperback)
Pages 256 pages (Hardback edition) &
240 pages (Paperback edition)
ISBN 0-575-00149-6 (Hardback edition) &
ISBN: 0-330-20107-7 (Paperback edition)
Preceded by A Murder of Quality 
Followed by The Looking-Glass War 

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold is a 1963 Cold War spy novel by the British author John le Carré. Alec Leamas is a British agent. He is sent to East Germany as a part of trick to spread lies and confusion about a powerful East German spy. In 1965 Martin Ritt directed the movie of the novel, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, with Richard Burton as Leamas.


  • Alec Leamas: A British field agent in charge of spying in East Germany.
  • Hans-Dieter Mundt: Leader of the East German Secret Service, the Abteilung.
  • Fiedler: East German spy, and Mundt's deputy.
  • Liz Gold: English librarian and member of the Communist Party.
  • Control: Head of The Circus
  • George Smiley: British spy
  • Peter Guillam: British spy.
  • Karl Riemeck: East German bureaucrat and British spy

Awards and nominations

  • 1963 Gold Dagger award from the Crime Writers' Association for "Best Crime Novel"
  • 1965 Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for "Best Mystery Novel"
  • 1966 Edgar Award, "Best Motion Picture Screenplay", Screenwriters Paul Dehn and Guy Trosper changed the story of the book into the 1965 screenplay.
  • 2005 "Dagger of Daggers" a one-time award given to the Golden Dagger winner on the fiftieth anniversary of the Dagger Awards, for the best of the fifty winners

Retrieved Saturday, 29 October 2016

See also

Kids robot.svg In Spanish: El espía que surgió del frío para niños

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