A poster for the 1933 film King Kong shows the famous monster ape holding helpless Ann Darrow (Fay Wray) atop the Empire State Building. Buyenlarge/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images hide caption

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John le Carre, a former British intelligence officer, is the author of many best-selling espionage thrillers, including The Spy Who Came In from the Cold; Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy; and The Constant Gardener. Le Carre is a pseudonym -- his real name is David Cornwell. Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP hide caption

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The Finkler Question is one of six novels shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction. hide caption

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