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With the incomparable opening chapter of Call for the Dead, "A Brief History of George Smiley," le Carré ensnares readers in the shadowy world Smiley easily inhabits. Pulled back from overseas duty after World War II, Smiley had cleared Samuel Fennan, in the Foreign Office, of allegations he had Communist Party connections, only to learn he died the next day, a suicide note claiming his career was ruined. Investigating what made no sense to him. Smiley is led into a lethal duel of wits with a former pupil.

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"A subtle and acute story of counter-espionage marked by restraint, indirection, and intelligence." New York Times Book Review

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"The puzzle thriller at its best." Buffalo News

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"To honor le Carré's 45th anniversary, Walker is reissuing these first two George Smiley mysteries (he debuted with Call) in affordable hardcovers. Grab 'em." Library Journal

Synopsis:

John le Carré's classic novels deftly navigate readers through the intricate shadow worlds of international espionage with unsurpassed skill and knowledge, and have earned him — and his hero, British Secret Service Agent George Smiley, who is introduced in this, his first novel — unprecedented worldwide acclaim.

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Praise for Call for the Dead

"A finely wrought and compelling admixture of three types of crime writing: the novel of action and excitement that we commonly call a thriller, the spy story, and the detective story."-- P. D. James, from the Foreword

"A subtle and acute story of counter-espionage marked by restraint, indirection, and intelligence."-- The New York Times Book Review

Praise for John Le Carré

"Le Carré is more than just a great storyteller-- he captures the Zeitgeist itself."-- Tom Wolfe

"No other contemporary novelist has more durably enjoyed the twin badges of being both well-read and well-regarded."-- Scott Turow

"He is one of the half-dozen best novelists now working in English."-- Chicago Sun-Times

"Le Carré is one of the best novelists-- of any kind-- we have."-- Vanity Fair

"A brilliant linguistic artist with a keen eye for the exotic and not-so-exotic locale, a crafty, moralizer with an occasional bent for sentiment."-- The Wall Street Journal

Synopsis:

With the incomparable opening chapter of Call for the Dead, titled "A Brief History of George Smiley," John Le Carré introduces his legendary spy and immediately ensnares you in the shadowy world Smiley inhabits.

Pulled back from overseas duty during World War II, Smiley was redirected to face the threats of the Cold War. He had been asked to interview Samuel Fennan of the Foreign Office after an anonymous letter accused Fennan of Communist Party membership. Smiley's report cleared him of the allegations, so he was stunned to learn that Fennan had died the day after the interview, leaving a suicide note that claimed his career had been ruined. Investigating circumstances that make no sense to him, Smiley gradually uncovers a spy ring and in so doing is led into a lethal duel of wits with the best of his war-time pupils.

Call for the Dead marks the beginning of John Le Carré's brilliant literary career, just as it launches the life of one of the most memorable fictional characters of the twentieth century.

About the Author

John le Carré made his literary debut in America on Walker & Company's first lists, in 1962 and 1963, introducing his famous character, George Smiley. Now, as part of our 45th anniversary, we are proud and excited to re-issue these two early masterpieces in new hardcover editions, with introductions by the author and forewords by P. D. James and Otto Penzler.

John le Carré has been called "simply the world's greatest fictional spymaster" (Newsweek) and "one of the half-dozen best novelists now working in English" (Chicago Sun-Times). "No other contemporary novelist has more durably enjoyed the twin badges of being both well-read and well-regarded," wrote Scott Turow. He has created many memorable characters, but none with more worldwide acclaim than George Smiley, the bland, paunchy, yet deadly British Secret Service agent.

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crowyhead, March 31, 2007 (view all comments by crowyhead)
This is the first George Smiley book, and the first I've read. I wasn't 100% thrilled by it, but I intend to read more of the Smiley books, since I know they're sort of classics of espionage/mystery fiction, and they've come to me highly recommended. I like mysteries, but one of my requirements of a mystery series is that I must become slightly enchanted with the sleuth -- just the puzzle of the mystery isn't enough. I'm not quite in love with George Smiley yet, but I am well disposed toward him, so I will give Le Carre another chance. :)
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780802714435
Foreword by:
James, P. D.
Publisher:
Walker & Company
Foreword by:
James, P.D.
Foreword:
James, P.D.
Author:
Le Carre, John
Author:
John le Carre
Subject:
General
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Cold war
Subject:
Intelligence officers
Subject:
Spy stories
Subject:
England
Subject:
Espionage
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Thrillers/Espionage
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Reissue ed.
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Hardcover
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October 2004
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HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
171
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8.32x5.78x.75 in. .73 lbs.

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Product details 171 pages Walker & Company - English 9780802714435 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A subtle and acute story of counter-espionage marked by restraint, indirection, and intelligence."
"Review" by , "The puzzle thriller at its best."
"Review" by , "To honor le Carré's 45th anniversary, Walker is reissuing these first two George Smiley mysteries (he debuted with Call) in affordable hardcovers. Grab 'em."
"Synopsis" by , John le Carré's classic novels deftly navigate readers through the intricate shadow worlds of international espionage with unsurpassed skill and knowledge, and have earned him — and his hero, British Secret Service Agent George Smiley, who is introduced in this, his first novel — unprecedented worldwide acclaim.
"Synopsis" by ,
Praise for Call for the Dead

"A finely wrought and compelling admixture of three types of crime writing: the novel of action and excitement that we commonly call a thriller, the spy story, and the detective story."-- P. D. James, from the Foreword

"A subtle and acute story of counter-espionage marked by restraint, indirection, and intelligence."-- The New York Times Book Review

Praise for John Le Carré

"Le Carré is more than just a great storyteller-- he captures the Zeitgeist itself."-- Tom Wolfe

"No other contemporary novelist has more durably enjoyed the twin badges of being both well-read and well-regarded."-- Scott Turow

"He is one of the half-dozen best novelists now working in English."-- Chicago Sun-Times

"Le Carré is one of the best novelists-- of any kind-- we have."-- Vanity Fair

"A brilliant linguistic artist with a keen eye for the exotic and not-so-exotic locale, a crafty, moralizer with an occasional bent for sentiment."-- The Wall Street Journal

"Synopsis" by ,
With the incomparable opening chapter of Call for the Dead, titled "A Brief History of George Smiley," John Le Carré introduces his legendary spy and immediately ensnares you in the shadowy world Smiley inhabits.

Pulled back from overseas duty during World War II, Smiley was redirected to face the threats of the Cold War. He had been asked to interview Samuel Fennan of the Foreign Office after an anonymous letter accused Fennan of Communist Party membership. Smiley's report cleared him of the allegations, so he was stunned to learn that Fennan had died the day after the interview, leaving a suicide note that claimed his career had been ruined. Investigating circumstances that make no sense to him, Smiley gradually uncovers a spy ring and in so doing is led into a lethal duel of wits with the best of his war-time pupils.

Call for the Dead marks the beginning of John Le Carré's brilliant literary career, just as it launches the life of one of the most memorable fictional characters of the twentieth century.

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