Called by Time magazine, ''the premier spy novelist of his time and perhaps of all time,'' John le Carre has raised the spy novel to a new height. Call for the Dead is his first novel and the one in which we meet the world's most famous undercover operative, George Smiley.
The cast of characters includes a bright, twisted former hero of the German underground, a once beautiful woman with a terrifying secret, a high-ranking pompous fool of a bureaucrat, and a suspect British civil servant. The protagonist, George Smiley, is bitter, weary--he has seen too much and done too much--yet he cannot refuse one last desperate call for his services. [ Call for the Dead was made into a 1966 film named The Deadly Affair.]
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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
JOHN LE CARRE, the pseudonym of David John Moore Cornwell, is an English author of espionage novels. After attending the universities at Berne and Oxford, he taught at Eton and spent five years in the British Foreign Service. The Spy Who Came In from the Cold, his third book, secured him a worldwide reputation. He lives in Cornwall, Great Britain.
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