John le Carre’s ‘Agent Running in the Field’ Gets Cover and Official Pub Date

Two years after treating readers to his last espionage thriller, A Legacy of Spies, legendary spy novelist John le Carre is set to release his 25th book, Agent Running in the Field, on October 22, 2019. 

While Legacy serves as a sequel of sorts to The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1963) and marked the return of George Smiley who had previously last been seen in the 1991 thriller The Secret Pilgrim, the author’s next novel will step away from Smiley and focus on a new character. See the plot details (which are still pretty vague) and the cover art below.


Agent running in the field.jpgA new novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author John le Carré

Set in London in 2018, Agent Running in the Field follows a twenty-six-year-old solitary figure who, in a desperate attempt to resist the political turbulence swirling around him, makes connections that will take him down a dangerous path. In his plot and characterization, le Carré is as thrilling as ever and in the way he writes about our times he proves himself, once again, to be the greatest chronicler of our age.




John le Carré was born in 1931 and attended the universities of Bern and Oxford. He taught at Eton and served briefly in British intelligence during the Cold War. For the last fifty years, he has lived by his pen. He divides his time between London and Cornwall.

We’ll have plenty more coverage of Agent Running in the Field leading up to its release, do make sure to check back soon for more updates. In the meantime, fans can pre-order John le Carre’s next novel here or anywhere else books are sold.



Praised as “one of today’s finest book reviewers” by New York Times bestselling author Gayle Lynds, Ryan Steck (“The Godfather of the thriller genre” — Ben Coes) has “quickly established himself as the authority on mysteries and thrillers” (Author A.J. Tata). Steck also works full-time as a freelance editor and pens a monthly thriller column for CrimeReads. For more information, be sure to follow him on Twitter and Facebook. He currently lives in Southwest Michigan with his wife and their six children.

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