David Cornwell, known to the world as John le Carré, died of pneumonia (not COVID-19 related) in Cornwall on Saturday evening, 12th December, 2020, aged 89. The Guardian reports that Le Carré explored the gap between the west’s high-flown rhetoric of freedom and the gritty reality of defending it, in novels such as The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, The Night Manager, and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy , described by Irish crime and mystery novelist Adrian McKinty as “quite simply the greatest spy novel ever written”. le Carré’s longtime agent Jonny Geller described him as “an undisputed giant of English literature [who] defined the cold war era and fearlessly spoke truth to power in the decades that followed.