If you enjoyed the "Tinker, Tailor..." remake, you should find the BBC adaptation from the late '70s with Sir Alec Guiness as Smiley. I'd almost bet the public libraries would have the discs. It has its odd moments but is pretty faithful - as I recall - to the text and keeps you guessing MUCH longer (even if you've read it!)
Back to the books...more LeCarre - "The Russia House" - a beautiful love story that captures so much of what is precious in this part of the world (and the film has Michelle Pfeiffer and Sean Connery, amazing cinematography, and a Branford Marsalis soundtrack), and is a 'bloody good spy' book to boot. And "The Spy Who Came In From the Cold" - which is simply brilliant literature, forget "spy literature" (Richard Burton as Leamas, just angry and cat-eyed drunk, so, so good.) I had the chance to meet one of LeCarre's sons, he writes as Nick Harkaway, promoting his book at the Edinburgh Festival a couple of years ago. Just like dad, really literate, really funny, and his "Gone-Away World" was an interesting (for me) sci-fi post-apocalyptic read. A little long, maybe, kind of like this paragraph.
The American South - Cormac McCarthy , Charles Frazier, and Tom Wolfe (though I haven't enjoyed his novels so much) are some names to consider.
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