A Murder of Quality
John le Carré's classic novels deftly navigate readers through the intricate shadow worlds of international esionage with unsurpassed skill and knowledge, and have earned him -- and his hero, British secret Service Agent George Smiley -- unprecedented worldwide acclaim. George Smiley was simply... show more
John le Carré's classic novels deftly navigate readers through the intricate shadow worlds of international esionage with unsurpassed skill and knowledge, and have earned him -- and his hero, British secret Service Agent George Smiley -- unprecedented worldwide acclaim. George Smiley was simply doing a favor for Miss Ailsa Brimley, and old friend and editor of a small newspaper. Miss Brimley had received a letter from a worried reader: "I'm not mad. And I know my husbad is trying to kill me." But the letter had arrived too late: it's scribe, the wife of an assistant master at the distinguished Carne School, was already dead. So George Smiley went to Carne to listen, ask questions, and think. And to uncover, layer by layer, the complex network of skeletons and hatreds that comprised that little English institution.
Publish date: January 29th 2002
Pages no: 160
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.