Betrayal can only happen if you love

I always waited and hoped for more action with each turn of the page. But LeCarre books are just not action-packed thrillers.

They are all literary works, masterpieces. Our favorite is The Perfect Spy.

It feels amazing and, at the same time, impossible that a mere human can pen one paragraph with perhaps his two most famous quotes. And have that paragraph sting the reader’s mind the way it does.

“You should have died when I killed you.” How awesome is that sentence?

And then LeCarre follows that up a couple of sentences later with what is considered his (and Pym’s, his greatest character creation) most famous quote: Love is whatever you can still betray, he thought. Betrayal can only happen if you love.

Google it and see where that last part in italics takes you. Those words ring hauntingly true with millions who don’t know the source — a broken, lost and suicidal spy.


About Christopher Metcalf - Author

Christopher Metcalf is the author of Lance Priest / Preacher novels. Lance "Preacher" Priest is a spy, a killer, a human chameleon. He is the CIA's perfect weapon who lives by one simple rule -- there are no rules. Spies and Lies is a blog dedicated to espionage, the art and science of lying and occasional creative writing.
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