Books: Giving Up the Game

THE LOOKING GLASS WAR by John le Carré. 320 pages. Coward-McCann. $4.95.

On a hillside overlooking East Germany, the men who have molded the spy, a Pole named Leiser, silently shake his hand. They have come thus far together. Now he must go on alone. "There were no fine words," writes Author Le Carré, his eye fixed on the solitary figure going down the hill into the obliterating night shadows. "It was as if they had all taken leave of Leiser long ago."

This is Le Carré's dark point, struck like a funeral bell on nearly every page of this book. Leiser is...

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