R.I.P. John le Carré

Author John Le Carre, real name David Cornwell, is seen, at his home in London, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2008. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Our genre has lost one of our legends – John le Carré.  He was a spy turned novelist who became the preeminent writer of espionage fiction.  He was 89 years old.

His novels include Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and The Spy Who Came in from the Cold.  He was named MWA’s Grand Master in 1984 and was nominated for 4 Edgar awards, winning in 1965 – Best Novel for The Spy Who Came in From the Cold.  He was nominated for Best Short Story in 1968, Best Novel in 1984 for The Little Drummer Girl and for Best TV Feature or Mini-Series in 1992 for A Murder of Quality (Masterpiece Theatre).