A Murder of Quality: A George Smiley Novel

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A Murder of Quality: A George Smiley Novel

Format:  Paperback,

158 pages

Publisher: Penguin Group USA

Publish Date: Oct 2012

ISBN-13: 9780143122586

ISBN-10: 0143122584

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""Fielding and Jebedee were dead, Steed-Asprey vanished. Smiley"--"where was he?""
John le Carre's second novel, "A Murder of Quality," offers an exquisite, satirical look at an elite private school as it chronicles the early development of George Smiley.

Miss Ailsa Brimley is in a quandary. She's received a peculiar letter from Mrs. Stella Rode, saying that she fears her husband--an assistant master at Carne School--is trying to kill her. Reluctant to go to the police, Miss Brimley calls upon her old wartime colleague, George Smiley. Unfortunately, it's too late. Mrs. Rode has just been murdered. As Smiley takes up the investigation, he realizes that in life--as in espionage--nothing is quite what it appears.

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Publisher: Penguin Group USA
Publish Date: Oct 2012
ISBN-13: 9780143122586
ISBN-10: 0143122584
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 158
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.35
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.5 x 8.25 x 0.5

About the author

Biography of Le Carr, John

David John Moore Cornwell writes bestselling espionage thrillers under the pseudonym John le Carr. The pseudonym was necessary when he began writing, in the early 1960s because, at that time, he held a diplomatic position with the British Foreign Office and was not allowed to publish under his own name. Originally inspired to write intrigue because of a 1950s scandal that revealed several highly placed members of the British Foreign Office and Secret Service to be Soviet agents, or "moles", the plots of most of le Carr's books revolve around Cold War espionage.

His own position with the Foreign Office, as well as his earlier service with the British Army Intelligence Corps, gave him an intimate knowledge of Britain's espionage bureaucracy and of Cold War politics. When his third book, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, became a worldwide bestseller in 1964, le Carr left the foreign service to write full time. The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, which was also adapted to film, featured spy master George Smiley, who was introduced in le Carr's first book, Call for the Dead (published in the U.S. as The Deadly Affair) and also appears in A Murder of Quality; Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy; The Honourable Schoolboy; and Smiley's People.

Le Carr has received numerous awards for his writing, including the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America (1986), and the Diamond Dagger from the Crime Writers Association (1988). In addition to The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, several of his other books have been adapted for television and motion pictures, including The Russia House, a 1990 film starring Sean Connery and Michelle Pfeiffer, and 2005's The Constant Gardener.

Le Carr was born in Poole, Dorsetshire, England in 1931. He attended Bern University in Switzerland from 1948-49 and later completed a B.A. at Lincoln College, Oxford. He taught at Eton from 1956-58 and was a member of the British Foreign Service from 1959 to 1964.

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Review by Library Journal (2012-11-15)

This second outing in le Carre's George Smiley series finds the Cold War spy master not matching wits with the Russians but playing sleuth. When Ailsa Brimley, editor of the Christian Voice newspaper, receives a letter from a trusted contributor claiming that the woman's teacher husband is planning to murder her, Ailsa asks old friend Smiley for assistance. When the woman is killed, Smiley travels to the Carne School in the British countryside to investigate.

He quickly runs into a stone wall of well-meaning police who know nothing and snobbish schoolmasters who'll say nothing, leaving him as puzzled as the listener. Narrator Michael Jayston delivers very subdued characterizations for the above-it-all Carne crew and is appropriately soft-spoken as the owlish Smiley.

Verdict: As close to a cozy as le Carre gets, this title offers twists, turns, and dead ends aplenty that will keep listeners on the edge of their seats until the very last word. Mystery fans and even those expecting a spy story will be charmed. Solid all around and perfect commuter fare.

-Mike Rogers, Library Journal

(c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Book description

"Fielding and Jebedee were dead, Steed-Asprey vanished. Smiley-- where was he?"

John le Carr's second novel, A Murder of Quality, offers an exquisite, satirical look at an elite private school as it chronicles the early development of George Smiley.

Miss Ailsa Brimley is in a quandary. She's received a peculiar letter from Mrs. Stella Rode, saying that she fears her husband--an assistant master at Carne School--is trying to kill her. Reluctant to go to the police, Miss Brimley calls upon her old wartime colleague, George Smiley. Unfortunately, it's too late. Mrs. Rode has just been murdered. As Smiley takes up the investigation, he realizes that in life--as in espionage--nothing is quite what it appears.

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