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John le Carre, U.K. Author of Cold War Spy Novels, Dies at 89

  • ‘The Spy Who Came in From the Cold’ made him famous in 1960s
  • A brief career in espionage made his stories feel authentic
John Le Carre in 2016.
John Le Carre in 2016.Photographer: John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images
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John le Carre, the British novelist who captured the cloak-and-dagger intrigue of Cold War espionage in best-selling books such as “The Spy Who Came In From the Cold” and “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” has died. He was 89.

Le Carre died Saturday evening in Cornwall, where he lived, said his agent, Jonny Geller of the Curtis Brown Group. His publisher, Penguin, said the cause of death was pneumonia, citing le Carre’s family.