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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George Smiley's interview with Samuel Fennan went well & he was able to reassure Fennan that the matter would be dropped. Smiley was shocked to discover next day that Fennan had committed suicide as a result of the interview, but, why?From the Back Cover:
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
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