Do you have to read John le Carré in order?
The Smiley books don't need to be read in chronological order, and, frankly, probably shouldn't; it's much more rewarding to jump around, skipping the experiments (the second Smiley book is a murder mystery, not a spy book) and lackluster sequels until you're really hooked.
All of Le Carre's other books can be read in any order.
- Call For the Dead (1961)
- A Murder of Quality (1962)
- The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1963)
- The Looking Glass War (1965)
- Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (1974)
- The Honourable Schoolboy (1977)
- Smiley's People (1979)
- The Secret Pilgrim (1990)
- i. Call for the Dead. George Smiley, Book 1. ...
- i. A Murder of Quality. George Smiley, Book 2. ...
- i. The Spy Who Came in from the Cold. George Smiley, Book 3. ...
- i. The Looking Glass War. George Smiley, Book 4. ...
- i. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. George Smiley, Book 5. ...
- i. The Honourable Schoolboy. ...
- i. Smiley's People. ...
- i. The Secret Pilgrim.
In September or October 1973, the events of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy take place, with Smiley successfully managing to expose Haydon as the long-term Soviet agent, or "mole", codenamed "Gerald" and reporting directly to Smiley's nemesis, Karla, head of Moscow Centre.
The plot of this novel is sometimes complex and difficult to follow – you really have to pay attention! I found it slow to start with, but then I got very sucked in and found it extremely compelling.
Smiley kidnaps Esterhase and blackmails the location of the safehouse from him. Tarr then sends a message to the "Circus" saying that he has vital information for them. Fearing that he is about to be exposed, the mole meets Polyakov at the safe house where they are arrested by Smiley, revealing himself to be Haydon.
The opening sentence of “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” a 1974 novel by John le Carré, runs as follows: “The truth is, if old Major Dover hadn't dropped dead at Taunton races, Jim would never have come to Thursgood's at all.” The tone is instant and unmistakable, with our narrator buttonholing us like a man who, having ...
Haydon is the traitor within the Circus who has been passing on secrets to the Russians via Polyakov. Guillam is furious as he knows now that it is Haydon who probably betrayed his agents in Africa and goes to attack him, but Mendel intervenes. Polyakov says he is a Soviet diplomat and Guillam tells him to shut up.
inasmuch as there's anything in Le Carré that can be said to be comforting. “The Spy Who Came In From The Cold” is the best starter novel. It does not focus on George Smiley, but it gives a great introduction to “C” and provides the atmospherics in general for the Circus.
Do you have to read the Dark series in order?
Christine Feehan For the most part, no. I do have a trilogy that I recommend reading in order (Dark Lycan/Dark Wolf/Dark Blood) but for the most part each book can be read on its own.
You don't have to read the books in order as the author does an excellent job of weaving in essential information from previous entries, but I do recommend it. I'm pleased to note, too, that there are two more Slough House books slated for release.
Trey Pearce There is no specific order in which they should be read as they are not connected in any way. If you want to read them in publication order then it is Sharp Objects, Dark Places, then Gone Girl.