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Double-booked: Two great crime series return

By Duarte Garrido, Entertainment Reporter
In a great day for crime literature aficionados, British spy George Smiley and tattooed hacker Lisbeth Salander have returned.
On Thursday, author John Le Carre published another novel centred on the famous spy - 27 years after George Smiley last graced us with his presence.
Le Carre - a former British intelligence officer whose real name is David Cornwell - says the return of his most beloved character in A Legacy of Spies was influenced by Brexit.The 85-year-old explained: "Smiley, who has spent his life defending the flag one way or another, feels alienated from it. He feels a stranger in his own country.
Double-booked: Two great crime series return

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Gary Oldman as George Smiley in 2011's Tinker Taylor Soldier Spy
An elderly Smiley has left the ghosts of the Cold War behind him, only to find himself facing a very different Britain."It was terribly hard to write this book during the period of Brexit and the ascendancy of Trump and I'd like to think that Smiley was aware of a sense of aimlessness which has entered into all our minds," Le Carre said.In an interview with the Sunday Times, Le Carre revealed he was not so different from his character."I suppose what Smiley and I have in common is that we find it difficult to remember happiness. It's not something that comes naturally to me, I have to work on it," he added.A Legacy Of Spies is Le Carre's 24th novel and the ninth featuring George Smiley, who made his last appearance in 1991 novel The Secret Pilgrim.
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John Le Carre is the pseudonym of David John Moore Cornwell
Also on Thursday, another beloved contemporary character made her literary return.Lisbeth Salander, the androgynous tattooed hacker from the Millennium saga, is back for a fifth time in a Nordic noir penned by David Lagercrantz.
The Girl Who Takes An Eye For An Eye is the second book written by Lagercrantz since he took over the series following the death of Stieg Larsson in 2004.He had received mixed reviews for his first sequel to Larsson's trilogy.
Double-booked: Two great crime series return

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Rooney Mara played Lisbeth Salander in the first instalment of the series
Some fans vehemently opposed Lagercrantz taking up the torch, calling the sequels "banal" and "idiotic".But Lagercrantz seems determined to win over his critics, and said he had more fun writing this book than the last one."Last time I felt utter and total fear. That fear wasn't such a bad thing, as it elevated me. But this time I dared a bit more," he said."It's Stieg Larsson's universe and his characters but I dared to put more of me into it this time. It was more fun to write."In The Girl Who Takes An Eye For An Eye, Lagercrantz throws Salander "into the worst prison for women, where she immediately encounters a lot of problems".Alongside Lisbeth, readers will find Mikael Blomqvist - played by Daniel Craig in David Fincher's film - a talented investigative journalist who's also worn out by life.Lagercrantz has also signed on to write the sixth book, which he insists will be his last.
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