A Murder of Quality
A bloody and apparently senseless murder had been committed at Carne School, one of the oldest and most glittering ornaments in the British public school system. George Smiley, whose connections with Carne were complicated by sentiment, had had a curious forewarning of the crime and, in a private... show more
A bloody and apparently senseless murder had been committed at Carne School, one of the oldest and most glittering ornaments in the British public school system. George Smiley, whose connections with Carne were complicated by sentiment, had had a curious forewarning of the crime and, in a private capacity, pursued its investigation. Without his espionage-trained insight into the workings of the human mind, Smiley might never have solved the case. But logic and insight were hardly enough to spare him the emotional aftermath of a conclusion he did not want to face.
Publish date: October 1st 2004
Publisher: Walker & Company
Pages no: 170
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, British Literature
, 20th Century
, Spy Thriller
, Mystery Thriller
Series: George Smiley (#2)
My second George Smiley novel in as many days. This books was not a spy-thriller, but was more of a simple murder mystery. It was a quick story, and while I enjoyed the read, it certainly is not a classic and was not one that I imagine will be memorable. I look forward to the more famous of Le Ca...
George Smilely solves a murder. Cynical but in this format, an easy whodonit. Most enjoyable aspect was the interactions with the detective.
Smiley without espionage?! It's actually not too bad as mystery novels go - and there's some interesting light shed on Smiley the man here, things that color the later novels (or at least retrospectively) a bit more. But if you look at it as a Smiley diversion, it's only moderately entertaining - a...
Reading this after having read Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is like reading a fanfiction for a book I loved. The main character is the same--maybe more thoroughly explained and explored--the style is similar, though not quite as crisp, and the mystery is there. From the beginning it comes clear who ...
This is more murder mystery than spy thriller but still wonderful as only John le Carre can be.