Former spy turned novelist John le Carre dies, age 89

John Le Carre
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CORNWALL, U.K. — John le Carre, a spy-turned-novelist who became the dominant writer in the genre of espionage fiction, has died at age 89 from a short illness not COVID-19 related.

Le Carre’s literary agency, Curtis Brown, said Sunday that he died in Cornwall, southwest England, on Saturday.

Born as David Cornwell, le Carre worked for Britain’s intelligence service before turning his experience into fiction. His works include “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier Spy” and “The Spy Who Came in from the Cold.”

Jonny Geller, CEO of Curtis Brown, wrote in a statement that le Carre was an “undisputed giant of English literature” whose talent would not likely be seen again.

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