The first name in spy fiction, naturally, is a code name. There is no John le Carré, but there is a David Cornwell.
The author of The Spy Who Came in From the Cold, The Constant Gardener, and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is still with us at age 87 (and still writing), but two of his sons, Simon and Stephen, have taken over the family business in a way, developing le Carré projects for film and television.
Their biggest hit thus far has been the Tom Hiddleston-led AMC miniseries The Night Manager, but don't sleep on the somewhat overlooked Philip Seymour Hoffman movie A Most Wanted Man. The Cornwell's new project, AMC's The Little Drummer Girl, might fill a post-Americans vacuum for double-agent sagas. A faithful adaptation to the thick text, given cinematic flair by South Korean director Park Chan-Wook (Oldboy, Stoker, The Handmaiden). This is television for smart people who are ready to put in a little work and not be spoon-fed, trusting that by the end of six hours all will make sense.