The Looking Glass War

Synopsis: During the Cold War, the British Intelligence receives a blurred photograph from East Germany taken from Hamburg and Director LeClerc believes they are missiles. Their agent, Taylor King, who receives a film which might clarify the detail from a pilot in Finland, is found dead on the road, and the police believe he was accidentally killed in a hit-and-run. LeClerc meets the Polish defector Fred Leiser, who jumped overboard from a ship expecting to have asylum and stay with his British girlfriend who is pregnant, and decides to recruit him to cross the border and spy on the Eat German facility to check on the missiles. In return, he would have salary, insurance and political asylum. Leiser is trained by the agent and family man John Avery,and soon he finds his girlfriend has had ended the pregnancy. When Leiser crosses the border, he meets up with Anna, a local, and they stay together in the beginning of a dangerous journey where he is just a pawn in a war game.
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she is going to have for me.

Ask him, Adrian.

lf we were to ask you to do something,

a little job for us... return for letting you

stay with your girl...

...what would you say?


-Don't you care what it is we ask?


The morals of a bitch on heat.

l don't care if you don't like it.

l am calm.

Six weeks, go back to East Germany.

Look at something we'll tell you

to look for, and return.

War rules.

You could be executed as a traitor

if caught.

We, of course, would deny knowledge

of your existence.

You are spies.

That's wonderful.

l've never been a spy before.

lt will be a new experience for me.

Good night, sir.

Lovely moon tonight, sir.

-Do you think he could be a plant?

-They can do better than his sort.

-Why would he do it?


Men change their politics, but sex--

Sex is something

you can depend upon.

He's a Pole. No matter what he says,

he hates Germans.

-What about the girl?

-Don't see her personally.

-lt would be most insecure.

-lnsecure for what?

There's no operation.

Adrian, my devil's advocate.

Torture me with logic,

keep me honest.

-We never should've sent Taylor.

-The ministry presses daily for results.

Now, we have two indicators.

lndicator one:

The photograph we purchased

in Hamburg.

From an East German...

...named Fritsche.

Taken through a window

of the rail shed in Kalkstadt... East Germany.

Seven hundred miles from London.

Flared skirts, small fins.

Turned to the side,

it could look like this.

l give you something remarkably like

a Russian Sandal missile.

Remarkably unclear.

lf it were clear

l wouldn't need to know more.

-You said there were two indicators.

-Taylor's death.

The Pole couldn't stand his country's

discipline. He won't stand mine.

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John le Carré

David John Moore Cornwell (born 19 October 1931), better known by the pen name John le Carré (), is a British author of espionage novels. During the 1950s and 1960s, he worked for both the Security Service and the Secret Intelligence Service. His third novel, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1963), became an international best-seller and remains one of his best-known works. Following the success of this novel, he left MI6 to become a full-time author. In 2011, he was awarded the Goethe Medal. more…

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